Saint of the day:
Santa Maria la Antigua, the Virgin of hope
Patron Saint of Panama
Santa María de la Antigua, Patron Saint of Panama
In the 16th century the cathedral at Seville was reconstructed. Left standing was one wall that featured an image of the Virgin. Because the image was from the old cathedral, it was called Santa María de la Antigua.
When Balboa conquered Panama he made one of the indigenous towns the new capital and renamed it Santa María de la Antigua; a chapel in the town was dedicated to the Virgin under that name.
Catedral Basílica Santa María La Antigua
Avenida Central esquina con, Calle 8a Este, Panama City, Panama
Chicha de Saril (Hibiscus Limeade)
This iced tea is tart and refreshing. If you'd like to make it boozy, add a splash of tequila!
¾ cup dried hibiscus flowers
8 cups water
2 limes, zest peeled into large strips
6 kaffir lime leaves
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup water
Add hibiscus flowers to 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 25 minutes. Strain out flowers and set aside to let cool.
In a small saucepan, combine all lime syrup ingredients. Heat through, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 25 minutes. Strain out lime leaves and zest and set aside to cool.
In a large pitcher, combine lime syrup with hibiscus tea and stir well. Serve over crushed ice, garnished with a lime wedge (and a splash of tequila if you like!).