Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Agua de Jamaica | Hibiscus Tea

Summer is here and we're all craving an ice cold "agua fresca", which is flavored water. We grew up drinking Agua de Jamaica / Iced Hibiscus Tea at home and it's just what will quench our thirst. So I made a trip to the grocery store, picked up a large back of dry hibiscus flowers and of course, called mom to ask how in the world do I make it. It took me two tries to get it, but I did and it was delicious.


1 cup dry hibiscus flowers
3 cups of water
sugar to taste



Place the water in a bowl and add the dry hibiscus flowers to it. Let it soak overnight. Mom said it's better to soak for hours so the hibiscus releases it's flavor, rather than boiling it.

Strain the hibiscus water and discard the flowers.

Add the hibiscus water to a pitcher and add water enough so that it doesn't get too light. I know, I'm not exactly being helpful by not providing specific directions, but those are the instructions we get from mom.

Then add 1/2 cup of sugar at a time and stir. Taste, and if it tastes delicious, it's ready. You may need to add more until it's just right for you.

Chill in the fridge and serve over ice. Enjoy this refreshing agua de Jamaica, poolside on a hot summer day.

Download printable recipe here.

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