Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

Jennie Pagano

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@jenpagano

After living several years in Mexico as a child, there are a few things I got used to having that I can't live without. In the summers, this is definitely one of them.

Hibiscus dried petals shouldn't be very hard to find. Check your local ethnic stores, I have heard its also called Sorrel in some carribean stores.

As far as taste, I would say it most resembles cranberry but in my opinion so much better.

Can be served hot or cold and is a good alternative for Iced tea. It is also a mild diuretic so if you retain fluids this is especially good for you.


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Ingredients

1 c
dried hibiscus petals
4 c
water

EVERY 1 CUP OF THE DRIED PETALS IS ENOUGH FOR 4 CUPS, MAKE MORE OR LESS DEPENDING ON YOUR NEEDS.

sugar to taste
optional: lemon or lime juice to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
2
Stir in the hibiscus petals and boil for about 5 minutes.
3
Stir in sugar until dissolved.
4
Remove from heat and let it steep for about an hour.
5
Strain into a glass pitcher (it stains!) push into the strainer to get as much goodness as you can from the petals.
6
Use personal judgement here: If its too tart add more sugar if its too strong add more water.
7
You can squeeze a lemon or lime into it if you like at this point.

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids