Today I'm going to introduce you to an ingredient that I always keep on hand in my pantry.
So what is this mystery ingredient? Pinguica!
Pinguica is dried manzanita that has been ground into a fine powder. This powder is used to make a delicious Agua Fresca called Agua de Pinguica. Think of pinguica as being an all natural instant iced tea mix. That's exactly what I thought Agua de Pinguica tasted like the first time I tried it...Iced Tea.
I know pinguica is readily available here in Mexico, but I'm not sure if it's available in the U.S. Is it available where you live?
Agua de Pinguica
- 2 heaping tablespoons pinguica powder
- 2 quarts water (8 cups)
- 2/3 to 1 cup sugar
In a 2-quart pitcher, dissolve the 2 heaping tablespoons of pinguica powder in 8 cups of water. (A little pinguica powder goes a long way!)
Stir in the sugar, making sure that both the pinguica and sugar have dissolved.
Serve en las rocas (on the rocks). Enjoy!!!