Hibuscus agua fresca , or agua de Jamaica, is a Mexican beverage made from the flowers of the Jamaica plant, which is a type of Hibiscus. During the hot summer days, an Agua de Jamaica will cool you down and keep your body fully hydrated; and it’s so easy to prepare!
How to prepare:
Place one cup of dry dry Hibiscus flowers in a large pot and pour in about 4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Boil it for about five minutes; reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add your favorite sweetener, to taste, and strain mixture to a fine mesh-sieve into a large bowl. If you wish, add more water, ice, lemon juice, and/or Chia seeds.
Mix well and enjoy a cold glass of refreshing and nourishing agua de Jamaica. The taste is tart, similar to cranberry juice but I like Agua de Jamaica much better. It’s not as tart, it’s incredibly refreshing, and the color is a beautiful burgundy. You may use the solids (flowers) for your salads, or to make quesadillas. They are edible and delicious, too. Enjoy!
According to Natural Standard, an evidence-based compendium of integrative and complementary medicine, Hibiscus sabdariffa contains antioxidants called anthocyanins and hibiscus protocatechuic acid. It is also said to contain natural compounds that might reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Please ask your local herbalist for more info.