Hibiscus flowers, lemon and vodka give this martini a unique flavor © Daniel Wheeler, 2010

Roselle hibiscus martini: Martini de jamaica

This drink packs the usual martini punch, but seems deceivingly innocent with its gorgeous red color and sweet-tart flavor. The basic proportion for making the agua is a cup of dried flowers to a quart of water. About six tablespoons of sugar per quart will provide enough sweetness without overwhelming the refreshingly tart taste of jamaica. It can be […]

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Pineapple and strawberry water: Agua de piña y fresa

This is as attractive as it is delicious. Be sure to disinfect strawberries no matter where you buy them. Ingredients: 1 whole, small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks 1 pint strawberries, disinfected, hulled and sliced 8 cups water Sugar to taste Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. This may have to […]

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Scorpion Mezcal barrels


Timothy J. Knab Mescal, mescaline, mescal bean, mescal button; what are they? They are all intoxicants, which was what the word mescal meant in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Today mescal generally refers to a type of aguardiente – water with a bite, firewater, a liquor distilled from the agave, a relative of the century plant or maguey commonly used to […]

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Mexican guavas with an alebrije cat © Sergio Wheeler 2011

Fragrant, festive Mexican guavas: For Christmas punch and other delights

Many of Mexico’s holiday dishes are inspired combinations of seasonally available ingredients. Just as the chiles en nogada prepared for Independence Day celebrations combine the best of the late summer harvest, ponche navideño, the traditional Christmas punch, uses the fruit of late fall. Various combinations of apples, pears, tamarind, and tejocote (hawthorne fruit) come together in a drink flavored with sugar […]

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