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It's hot and I'm about to make some agua fresca de jamaica. Just thought I'd share some recipes for a few of my favorite aguas frescas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If anyone has any more, I'd love to see them!<br><br><br><br><b>Agua Fresca de Jamaica</b><br><br><br><br>
100 grams (3.5 oz-ish) dried hibiscus flowers<br><br>
8 cups water<br><br>
Sugar to taste<br><br>
Ice, for serving<br><br><br><br>
Rinse the flowers well in a colander. Put them in the water and leave it in a cool place for 24 hours.<br><br><br><br>
The next day, add sugar to taste. Right before serving, add ice. It keeps in the fridge for about a week. Remember that the taste should be a little strong before you add the ice, since it will be diluted.<br><br><br><br><b>Agua Fresca de Horchata</b><br><br><br><br>
1 cup white rice<br><br>
1/2 cup peanuts<br><br>
1/2 cup sesame seeds<br><br>
1 stick cinnamon<br><br>
2 liters water<br><br>
Sugar & ice, to taste<br><br><br><br>
Toast the rice, peanuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon stick in a 350 degree oven until light brown. Remove from oven and let cool.<br><br><br><br>
Add rice, seeds and cinnamon stick to a blender or food processor and grind until it becomes a very fine powder.<br><br><br><br>
Mix powder and water. Add sugar and ice cubes to taste.<br><br><br><br><br><br><b>Agua Fresca de SandÃ*a</b><br><br><br><br>
2 1/2 cups watermelon, cut in small pieces (seedless ones will save you a lot of time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )<br><br>
1 cup water<br><br>
Sugar and ice, to taste<br><br><br><br>
Mix watermelon and water in a blender. Add sugar and ice.<br><br><br><br><b>Salad Drink</b><br><br>
1/2 apple<br><br>
1/2 pear<br><br>
1/2 mango<br><br>
1 peach<br><br>
1/2 small pineapple<br><br>
2 radishes<br><br>
1/2 bunch watercress<br><br>
1/4 cup cherries<br><br>
1 liter water<br><br>
1 TB lime juice<br><br>
1 TB vanilla extract<br><br>
Pinch salt<br><br>
Sugar, to taste<br><br><br><br>
Chop all the fruit except the cherries, watercress, and radishes into very fine pieces. Mix all the ingredients in a vowl. Add the cherries, water, lime juice and vanilla extract. Add a pinch of salt and sugar to taste. Serve chilled or add ice cubes.<br><br><br><br>
Umm... I don't know how long these messages can be, so I think I'll stop there. I have some more, though, if anyone's interested.
 
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