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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