After a few days during which our very hot summer gave way to intense and seemingly-random rain, we are back to sunlight and hot days. Fortunately we Dominicans have a few weapons in our arsenal to help us survive the heat.
Fermented drinks are not uncommon in the Dominican Republic. I’d dare to say that they are rarer now on account of the myriad carbonated drinks on the market (because let’s face it, even if they are not the healthiest drinks they are very darn refreshing).
Having turned my back on carbonated drinks a while ago, this time hopefully for good, fermented drink is a great way to satisfy the craving for “bubbly”, cold drinks. It is also cheaper and much healthier. If you find the idea of drinking fermented fruit drinks somewhat-off-putting, let me put your mind at ease: Dominicans have been drinking mabíes and guarapos (fermented root and fruit drinks) for a long time. Give it a try, trust me, it’s worth the effort.
Another good thing about this drink is that you only use the pineapple peel; you can use the rest of the pineapple in other dishes, or add frozen pineapple cubes to your drink to keep it cooler longer than with just ice, then you can eat the fruit once you finish your drink.
- 1 pineapple
- 2 quarts drinking water
- 1 cup sugar or equivalent sweetener
- Wash the pineapple under running water scrubbing the peel clean.
- Peel the pineapple (reserve the pineapple for other uses, like cutting into cubes and freezing to serve once the drink is ready).
- Rinse the peel again.
- Put the pineapple peel in a pitcher big enough to fit the water and peel.
- Cover and leave outside until you notice some froth on the surface.
- Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days, or until you notice bubbles stuck to the sides of the pitcher.
- Strain and pour the liquid into another clean pitcher. Add sugar to taste, ice and frozen pineapple cubes (optional).