Directions for brewing Nanny Maroon Hills Roots Roots Tonic
Small amounts (approximately 1 quart)
Place one large handful of roots (approximately 1 cup) of dried roots in a medium saucepan and add water until the roots are covered with at least one inch of water from the top of the dried roots.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. Strain off the liquid into a glass jar and repeat this process. Be sure to mix the two batches together to ensure an equal distribution of flavor and health benefits..
While the liquid is still warm, add 3 tablespoons of molasses, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Leave enough room in the jar for expansion.
Fermented Nanny Maroon Hills Roots Tonic
If you want to ferment the roots tonic, (which is the favorite way of most Jamaicans), brew the entire pound at once adding ½ cup of molasses and ¾ cup of sugar. Pour into large glass container and put it aside for a week to 10 days. Open the container periodically to allow the gas to escape. Add sweeteners taste. You will want to “feed” the tonic with a little bit of sugar as it ferments. You can also use honey, molasses, or maple syrup for the sweetener.