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Agua Fresca- Jamaica Hibiscus

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Agua fresca
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This "Agua Fresca" is made a little differently than those using actual fruit. The color and flavor is similar to tart cranberry with a subtle tea flavor in the background. When it is served ice cold, the tea flavor is almost imperceptible. It is also loaded with Vitamin C, so it's good for you too!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 oz dried Jamaica Hibiscus flowers*
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 6 cups drinking water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 cups ice (if you need to serve it immediately)


Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and pour over hibiscus flowers. Let the flowers soak in the water for about 20 minutes. Pour the liquid and flowers through a strainer into a large pitcher. Add in the sugar and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Pour in remaining water and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar or water if necessary.

To serve immediately, only add in 5 cups of water and stir in the 1-2 cups of ice and stir until it is ice cold.

*Jamiaca Hibiscus flowers can be found in bulk or in cellophane packages in most hispanic stores. If you cannot find them, you can order them online. They are usually called Jamaica (say Huh-MY-ih-kuh) Hibiscus, but sometimes just hibiscus alone is used.

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Some Additions to Jamaica You Might Like, Member jimnginger

Try adding 1 whole cinimmon stick, 12 cracked or smashed whole allspice, and 1/4 cup of raisins chopped or stick blended with a little water. Let these items steep with the Jamaica flowers and strain though a rigid coffee filter when done. I will also set my jug of flowers and spices in the fridge for a whole day before straining it if I have time. It also gives the cinimmon and allspice a change to better work. The raisins will take a little ""bite"" out of the tartness of the Jamaica which are just red dried hibiscus flowers. Don't bother oredering these online - just find a Mexican grocery store and at least out west, this is sold in bulk bins at a much cheaper price. Regards - Jim in So. Calif.

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