Agua de Jamaica

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea) Recipe

2 quarts water

3/4 to 1 cup sweetener to taste. Use your favorite sweetener.

1 cup dried Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

1/2 Cinnamon stick (Ceylon cinnamon) optional

A few thin slices of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) optional

A few Allspice berries (Pimenta dioica) optional

Dash of Lime juice

Orange or lime slices for garnish

Bring the water to a boil the water. Add the Cinnamon, Ginger, and Allspice to the water, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes; then add the sweetener, allowing the sweetener to dissolve fully.

Add the hibiscus flowers and remove them from heat. Allow the flowers to infuse for 20-30 minutes.

Strain the mixture into a pitcher and add your fruit slices. If you want to shake it up, add raspberries or mandarins. 

This drink is refreshing and nourishing. It is a lot of fun to make and drink. I tend to have it unsweetened, but the traditional recipe calls for a sweetener. Agua de Jamaica is a refreshing beverage made of dried hibiscus flowers. It is refreshing and light—ideal for family barbeques, picnics, or Sunday brunch.  This tea is a diuretic; it is beneficial for blood pressure and is full of vitamin C. 

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