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agua de jamaica

Language: Spanish

Description: "Water of Jamaica." A deep red, unfermented drink made from red flowers of Hibiscus sabdariffa. It is found in markets in large glass containers alongside other colourful "agua." This is one of the most popular. It is a sour but refreshing drink which keeps for weeks in the fridge. Iliana de la Vega of lovely Restaurante El Naranjo in Oaxaca, since tragically closed because of the dreadful events in that poor city, used her homemade agua de jamaica as a replacement for vinegar in dressings, and may flavour it with cinnamon, star anise, ginger or orange peel. She also uses it in sangria. It is high in Vitamin C and looks like Ribena.

agua de jamaica
A particularly good agua de jamaica made by Iliana de la Vega at the lovely Restaurante El Naranjo in Oaxaca in Mexico

Pronounced: AH-gwah de hah-MAH-ee-kah
Gender: m
Ethnicity: Latin American, Mexican, Spanish
Most frequent country: Latin America, Mexico, Spain

See places: Spanish food and cuisine, Mexican food and cuisine

See drinks, wines etc: agua fresca

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