Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)
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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- 1 c
- dried hibiscus petals
- 4 c
- sugar to taste
- optional: lemon or lime juice to taste
EVERY 1 CUP OF THE DRIED PETALS IS ENOUGH FOR 4 CUPS, MAKE MORE OR LESS DEPENDING ON YOUR NEEDS.
1Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
2Stir in the hibiscus petals and boil for about 5 minutes.
3Stir in sugar until dissolved.
4Remove from heat and let it steep for about an hour.
5Strain into a glass pitcher (it stains!) push into the strainer to get as much goodness as you can from the petals.
6Use personal judgement here: If its too tart add more sugar if its too strong add more water.
7You can squeeze a lemon or lime into it if you like at this point.