Agua Fresca de Jamaica/ Fresh Hibiscus Water…Plus More

Agua de Jamaica is a refreshing drink quintessential to the Mexican culture, which is made with dried hibiscus flowers. The preparation of this drink may fall into the category of an “iced tea” but its tart flavor and deep red hue will remind you more of a cranberry juice than that of a tea. 

Here is what you’ll need:
1 cup dried hibicus flowers
6 cups hot water
1/2-1 cup sugar (to taste)
1/2 cup lime juice
4 cups additional water (plus or minus)
ice

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Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and pour over your dry hibiscus flowers.
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Allow the flowers to sit in the water for at least an half an hour so it brews properly.
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Strain the brewed liquid.
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Once the mixture is cooled pour brewed liquid into your pitcher.
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Add remaining water, lime juice and sugar to taste. I use white granulated sugar but you can also use agave nectar if you prefer.
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Add ice and enjoy this refreshing drink.
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You can spruce up your Hibiscus tea by making a Mexican Arnold Palmer (Arnoldo Palma…hehe) by combining half Lemonade to half Hibiscus tea. Let me tell you its amazing!

But wait..theres more! You can also take it up a notch by making a Hibiscus tea jello…umm yes please! Let me show you how.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Hibiscus Tea
1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup hot water

Use the same recipe from above to make the tea except you want to reduce the amount of water you pour after it has cooled to 2 cups instead of 4 cups. This jello works better if its a bit more concentrated.
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Take about 1/2 cup of the hot water and dilute gelatin.
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Pour gelatin mixture into the hibiscus liquid and stir thoroughly.
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Pour into your jello molds, chill over night and enjoy this refreshing treat!
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Happy making! Thanks for visiting.
XO,
Karina

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