Watermelon Jamaica is a contemporary twist on the traditional jamaica which is very common throughout Mexico. It is conventionally made with hibiscus leaves and piloncillo. For a more exciting recipe, we have added watermelon. This refreshing drink can be enjoyed anytime of the year.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: (12) – 8 oz servings
1 1/4 cups dry hibiscus flowers (jamaica)
4 cups boiling water
8 oz piloncillo (Mexican coarse sugar cone) or 1 cup sugar (1/2 granulated & 1/2 brown)
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
2 cups ice
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups watermelon (pureed)
sugar cane skewers
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add piloncillo, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and hibiscus flowers. Stir until sugar is dissolved and let soak for about 20 minutes. Strain mixture into a large pitcher (about 3 quarts) and let cool. Add watermelon puree, ice and water. Garnish with optional watermelon wedge, mint tops & a sugar cane skewer.
To make a refreshing sparkling drink, substitute mineral water for the 4 cups of water. Optional variations: substitute cranberry, pineapple or pomegranate juice for the watermelon puree.