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Agua de Jamaica

Agua de Jamaica is a drink made from dried hibiscus flowers. I love this drink, it can be served hot or cold. I've even heard it's been know to be mixed with libations, I read a lot ;-)

Jamaica served 

Come see how easy it is to make.

Jamaica leaves close 

These are the dried flowers. They are available at Mexican markets and on line.

Jamaica drain 

I use one cup of dried flowers to two cups of water. Bring to a boil then take off the heat and let steep covered for an hour. Strain through a sieve pressing on the flowers to extract the juices.

This is where personal taste comes in. Since it is a little tart, some say it's reminiscent of cranberry juice, (I think it's way better) water and sugar are added according to personal taste.

I like it a little on the tart side so I add a little more water. But I also like it sweet, so I taste and add, taste and add. It's as personal as you are.

Jamaica add sugar 

Jamaica served 

A little bit of a cinnamon stick can be added for a taste twist. 

And that's that.