Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

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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.

Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:

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

How to Make Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

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.

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About Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

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




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