At Jarritos, we strive to bottle the pure fruit flavors of Mexico. Flavors like Grapefruit, Fruit Punch and Mandarin are popular with Jarritos lovers on both sides of the border. But there are certain beloved Mexican flavors that our fans in the U.S. may not be so familiar with.
Here’s an introduction to the three Jarritos flavors that you may not have tried yet — and the reasons they might just become your new favorite.
Dried jamaica flowers — pronounced ha-may-kah and known as hibiscus in the U.S. — are the star of this popular Jarritos flavor. Though jamaica flowers are not native to Mexico (they arrived during the colonial era), they have become a major ingredient in Mexican cuisine and are often used to make agua de jamaica, a popular type of aguas frescas.
The flowers’ tart, light flavor, which has been described as similar to cranberries, makes an excellent counterpoint to rich, spicy Mexican foods. Try popping open a bottle or Jarritos Jamaica on your next family taco night to cool your palate and enhance the flavors of your food.
The fragrant guava fruit is used extensively in Mexican cuisine, including in fruit punches, flans, jams and jellies, candy, fruit paste and in savory dishes. It’s a small, oval-shaped fruit about 2 to 3 inches in size with a yellow to pinkish-yellow skin. Guavas are especially associated with the Christmas holiday in Mexico, since they are in peak season during that time of year and are often used to make traditional Christmas fruit punch, ponche navideno.
But you don’t need to wait until the holidays to enjoy the flavor of this celebrated Mexican fruit. Pick up a bottle of Jarritos Guava to experience the delectable flavors of fresh guava.
Perhaps the most unfamiliar Jarritos flavor to our American customers, tamarind is an incredibly popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine and is used in many different foods, candies and drinks. Tamarind is the pod of a tropical tree containing seeds and a sticky pulp that becomes intensely sweet-and-sour flavored when ripe. Once harvested, the pulp is used to make tamarind candies, tamarind aguas frescas, tamarind salsas, and, of course, Jarritos Tamarind — our second-best selling Jarritos flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, pick up a bottle of Tamarind to understand why so many Jarritos fans consider it an “essential” soda.