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Try Irie Gulp non-alcoholic lime-infused Jamaica drink (agua de Jamaica) with real Caribbean fruits and agua Fresca (freshwater). While a list of these beverages are lime-based, each gulp tastes perfectly replicate the fruits represented vice the limeade. Your first and subsequent gulps will guarantee a healthy, refreshing, delicious experience of feeling good for a wholesome, healthy holistic well-being. Buy islsnac's tropical flavors with lime  for the natural juice benefits that these healthy fruits possess. Caribbean juices are available at the Islsnac Caribbean supermarket beverage aisle.  Continue reading for details on agua de Jamaica, a popular phrase used in the Hispanic countries. 

 

 

What is Jamaica drink (Agua de Jamaica)

Jamaica drink should not be confused with the Hispanic term agua de Jamaica for many reasons. Agua de Jamaica (sorrel drink) is also known as hibiscus water or hibiscus Iced tea.  It is the name used by the Mexicans to describe what is known in Jamaica, West Indies as sorrel wine. Dried hibiscus sorrel that is sold in Caribbean grocery stores or a Mexican market is referred to as flor de Jamaica. Sorrel hibiscus sabdariffa plant is native to West Africa and is called sorrel in the Caribbean and Zobo in Nigeria.  

 

Caribbean nations generally refer to their popular healthy beverages as Jamaica drink. A few of Jamaica's popular juices are made with real fruits, fresh vegetables, Jamaica flowers, and sea weeds. These natural ingredients are mango, june plum, tamarind, soursop, fresh or dried sorrel, carrot, and sea moss. The plant base beverages are often consumed during the holidays and on Sundays. Sunday blues celebration begins the first day of the week in the Caribbean for a family grand feast, drinking of hibiscus iced tea, and gulping healthy juices. Click here for information on popular domestic drinks in Jamaica. Understanding what Jamaica drink is now hopefully, a thing of the past. We have provided you with a basic overview of how the term is used in different regions of the world. 

 

Requesting dried hibiscus sorrel (roselle) upon your visit at the local tropical supermarket may be challenging. To avoid any ambiguity, thoroughly make your grocery list with dried hibiscus sorrel written in four name phrases with parenthesis. The described phrases for packaged sorrel are, ( agua de Jamaica), (dried sorrel), (flor de Jamaica,) or (ah-my-cah). Ah-my-cah is the Spanish pronunciation for the word Jamaica, and is usually written in small prints on the dried hibiscus flower products.

 

For health benefits information on Irie Gulp natural fruits, click the above photos. Also, for information on how to make Agua de Jamaica using the Mexican recipe click here.  

SUNDAY DINNER WITH GULPS OF NATURAL JUICES

Caribbean Sunday dinner with natural Jamaican drinks is the prime time for family, friends, and passersby. Jamaica Sunday meals are celebrated throughout the West Indies and have become a family event where households build family bonds and recharge for the upcoming work week. Consider Sundays family togetherness on the first day of the week a solution to tropical islander's Sunday blues

The grand event usually begins on Saturdays. Special recipe ingredients are purchased from the local Caribbean supermarket  or the Jamaican store around the corner, in preparation for a cookout of authentic Caribbean dishes and healthy fruit beverages, especially soursop drink. Soursop benefits are well known by Caribbean's. Therefore, it is not surprising guanabana juice, also known as soursop juice, is added to the natural juice menu during Sunday meals. West Indian families would prepare freshly juiced soursops with condensed milk and a pinch of grated
nutmeg spice, or freshly squeezed lime with pure honey.

The choices of tropical juice ingredients are critical during grocery shopping.  Mamma will make her Caribbean grocery store list in preparation for at least three dishes and natural Caribbean drinks. Below is a list of the most popular main course, domestic drinks in Jamaica and the Caribbean, side dishes, and Jamaican desserts combination. 



​MAIN COURSE

Stewed Oxtail 
Curried Goat
Steamed Snapper with water crackers and okra
Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning Chicken


​SAVORY SIDE DISHES
Fried sweet ripe plantains
Steamed Cabbage
Rice and peas or peas and rice
Potato salad


REAL FRUIT REFRESHING DRINK
Freshly pressed carrot juice
Mango drink

Sorrel drink also known as flor de Jamaica
Passion fruit juice
Soursop juice with condensed milk or freshly squeezed lime juice


​JAMAICAN DESSERTS
Jamaican Sweet potato pudding 
Bread pudding or Budin de pan
Jamaican rum cake or black cake

The Caribbean menu listed above are only a few of the combinations that are prepped Saturday evening for the upcoming Sunday dinner and a
cocktail glass of agua de Jamaica under the big mango tree. That is right, Sunday dinners are enjoyed under many family's favorite fruit trees. The bigger the tree the better. More tree shades are needed to accommodate a large group. Mango trees are the most popular tree in many Caribbean people's yards. Furthermore, conveniently the best time to eat mango is in the late evenings after dinner as a healthy fruit snack treat before bedtime. The Sunday dinner occasion is also enjoyed under a guinnep, soursop, star apple, or apple tree. Tamarind tree is not an option, since the leaves sheds quite often. I mean... Who would want objects falling into their plates of deliciously made Caribbean food? The tree list goes on.

 

While Jamaican mother's preps for the Sunday meal, Caribbean fathers will trim the limbs of the tree, rake the bushes, and arrange the seating or benches. Seating has to be carefully arranged with a reserved bench for the passersby. Passersby is usually a must, especially after smelling the stewed oxtail pot from miles away. Mamma's responsibility is to prep enough to feed a village. If enough is not available, guests will bring a pot of their favorite Jamaican food and a pitcher filled with healthy Caribbean beverage of their choice. The only expectations for the pickini dem (the children), is to be on their best behavior and not to eat the fresh tropical fruits that is needed to make deliciously freshly pressed juices.

 
Sunday has arrived, church is over (dismissed), and the school and work week lingers upon the horizon. Sunday grand meal with natural juice is a great way to spend the weekend and reflect, tell duppy (ghost) stories, nourish our bodies, and build relationships. A great way to complete the short weekend under Caribbean families' special fruit tree. A great way to ultimately manage Sunday blues in the Caribbean with your favorite
healthy fruit juices and non-alcoholic Jamaica drink. Now that you are familiar with how Jamaicans feast on Sundays to alleviate Sunday blues, also see below six of our recommended domestic drinks in Jamaica that you must try. 

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Frequently Ask Question

What is Jamaica drink made of?

Agua de Jamaica's recipe includes dried roselle hibiscus edible flowers. You can find dried flowers in the Mexican, African, and Caribbean markets in supermarkets. See the Hispanic, international, or tropical food aisle on your next visit. In addition, spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, star anise, and orange peel are brewed with the hibiscus, providing a delicious, refreshing mocktail. 

Is Jamaica drink good for you?

Jamaica drink is known to be good for you and nourishes your body. It is full of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also has vital B-vitamins like niacin and folic acid and can lower blood pressure. Learn more.

Is agua de Jamaica healthy?

The ascorbic acid and other compounds in agua de Jamaica benefits and properties make it a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial Jamaica drink. Drinking Mexican hibiscus tea is suitable for reducing flare-ups from various inflammatory conditions and promotes the production of antioxidants that clean up waste products and bacteria in your body. Learn more.

Why do they call Mexican hibiscus tea Jamaica?

Is call Jamaica because it is a popular drink in Jamaica, West Indies. Like previously stated, it called Himika or Ah-my-cah is the Spanish pronunciation.

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HIBISCUS JAMAICA JUICE MIX (AGUA DE JAMAICA)

The Islsnac Caribbean roselle hibiscus flower drink (agua de Jamaica) is made with dried sorrel, cinnamon sticks, fresh cloves, ginger root, and cane sugar. Sorrel has very unique sweet tart taste components that can mix with other flavors to create refreshing sorrel hibiscus tea.

 

Here are 3 recipe mixes overviews on how to use hibiscus beverage to enhance other drink products.

Fruit smoothies: One of the sorrel properties, is its ability to enhance flavors in fruit smoothie mixes such as mango, strawberry, and pineapple. A small portion of sorrel hibiscus tea mixed in with any of these Juicery fruits will give your smoothies an elevated taste profile that will have you wanting more. 

Alcoholic sorrel wine: Traditionally, sorrel drink in the Caribbean is blended with a small portion of Wray and Nephew rum to make Jamaican sorrel wine. Therefore, if you are feeling the mood for a tipsy party, infuse 1-2 tbsp. of white rum or vodka per 4-6 fluid oz. of Islsnac sorrel beverage. Furthermore, the term wine doesn't mean that it was fermented or produced in a vineyard. Sorrel is prepared using a seeping method, in boil water. Simply place cups of water with spices on high flames and bring water to a boil. Once the added cold water has reached boiling point, remove pot from flames and submerge the hibiscus flower. Allow the mixture to remain for 8-12 hours before straining and adding a cup of molasses brown sugar or other natural sweeteners such as pure honey. Click here for detailed sorrel recipe.

 

Seltzer or sparkling water: For those who are non-alcoholic drinkers, this recipe is perfect for you. Add 1-2 cups of seltzer water to 4-6 fluid oz. of roselle drink. This fusion creates a carbonated tart buzz that will have you feeling happy as it dances in your mouth, down your throats, and into your happy tummies. Click here for more information on how to make Jamaica drink, also known as roselle hibiscus plant beverage. 

HOW TO MAKE AGUA DE JAMAICA (HIBISCUS TEA):

Here is the list of ingredients for Mexican Agua de Jamaica. 

  • 5 qt. water

  • 7 oz. dried hibiscus flower

  • 1 lb. of molasses brown sugar

  • 1/4 lb. fresh ginger root

  • 7 pieces of cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 orange peel (optional)

INSTRUCTION:

  1. Using a clean 10-12 qt. bouillon pot, place cinnamon sticks, cloves, and peeled chopped ginger root in freshwater

  2. Boil water with spices for approximately 20 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and immediately submerge the red dried hibiscus in the hot liquid, usually at boiling point temperature, which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius. 

  4. Cover the pot leaving a small gap for cooling. Allow the mixture to sit for 8 - 12 hours before liquid extraction. During the eight hours or more of cooling, flavors and nutrients are pulled from the spices and dried sorrel plant creating an electrifying exotic taste.

  5. After the hibiscus has been in liquid for hours, strain using a bouillon strainer into a clean container.

  6. Add molasses brown sugar to the strained sorrel mix and stir well with a large serving spoon.

  7. Allow the liquid to remain still for 30-60 minutes for dregs to settle at the bottom of the container.

  8. Without stirring the mixture, strain once more using a clean bouillon strainer. During the extraction process, pour Agua de Jamaica slowly into a receiving container. While straining, upon notice of any settling dregs, usually 1/2 cup, cease pouring and discard the settled particles.

  9. ​Serve homemade Jamaica Mexican drink over ice or refrigerate overnight.

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TAMARIND DRINK

Tamarind juice with lime and garnish peppermint leaves. Learn more

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PASSION FRUIT LIME DRINK

Passion fruit juice with freshly squeezed lime, and cane sugar. Learn more

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