I working in a Elvis theme restaurant, with Tex-Mex cuisine.
Searching for mexican influences to make cocktail I found Jamaica water, a hibiscus tea.
Since my attempts to make grenadine and the industrial grenadine syrups I have tasted weren’t color-taste satisfactory I decided to make just a hibiscus syrup.
Xarope de Jamaica
- 16oz water
- 16oz sugar
- 4oz dried hibiscus flower
Boil the water, infuse the dried flowers for some minutes, strain, mix with the sugar.
May add ½oz vodka to keep it better.
Easy, simple and bright red.
Not syrup-y and jelly flavored artificial “grenadines”, yet tart like real pomegranate grenadine, but more colorfull!
Since we’re in winter here, it is mandarin season! Let’s mix it together!
Jacamaica 8 (or the Hearthbreak Hotel)
- 2oz Jim Beam
- ½oz lemon juice
- ½ mandarin
- ½oz xarope de jamaica.
Muddle mandarin, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Maybe strained into a collins glass and topped with soda!
This is tart and refreshing with hints of mandarin and a beautiful color. Just a spin on the Ward 8 cocktail.