I love this stuff the Mexicans call “ha-mike-a”. This is the Spanish pronunciation of “Jamaica.” So that is how a Mexican dude might say it. Or a gringo, depending upon what he likes to call it.
This is Hibiscus tea, and at the Mexican grocer, and elsewhere, they sell the dried purple Hibiscus flowers in a bag, for about $6 a pound. The one pound goes a long way. I always use 1/2 cup to make a pitcher of Agua de Jamaica. I add 1/2 cup or more of sugar, and it is healthy and refreshing drink.
You make it just like cold tea:
- Bring 4 cups water to a boil.
- Add 1/2 cup Hibiscus buds, and 1/2 cup sugar.
- Boil 2 mins.
- Let steep 10 minutes or more.
- Through strainer, add to 4 cups of cold water in pitcher.
- Let it cool in the refrigerator.. add ice..whatever you want.
The buds themselves do not taste good, so strain them. The tea has a odd taste, it is tart, that is all I can say. You develop a taste for it. It is a very healthy drink, a diuretic. I make it all the time, even have marks on the pitcher so I don’t have to measure out the water. This recipe is not a hard and fast recipe, either. You can make it as weak or as strong as you like.