Agua de Jamaica

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.

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