Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hibiscus Water


There is usually a pitcher of hibiscus water in my fridge at all times. It’s one of my favorite drinks. Known as Agua de Jamaica (ha-my-ka) in Mexico, hibiscus water is made by steeping the dried flowers in boiling water. Then you strain the flowers. I always press the flowers against the strainer to get all of the “juice” out of them. Traditionally, a little bit of sugar is added. Your hibiscus water should be a deep pink/red color. This is what the dried flowers look like.

Chill and serve with ice. There are quite a few medicinal qualities in hibiscus water. It is high in Vitamin C and is a natural diuretic.

If you would like to make this at home, you can find bags of dried hibiscus flowers in health food stores or the international section of your supermarket.
Agua de Jamaica
Ingredients
2 cups (2 ounces) jamaica flowers (dried hibiscus flowers)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or more as desired)

Instructions
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil then add the flowers and the sugar and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute. Pour into a plastic or ceramic bowl and steep for 2 hours.


Enjoy! If you try this, let me know what you think! It's a perfect drink for a preppy pink party.

xoxo

7 comments:

  1. That is my new beauty must have item of the week. So copying you! xoxo

    SC

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  2. I keep forgetting to ask you why you lived in Mexico. Leaving for Ixtapa on Friday and if I run into any Hibiscus water I will be sure to partake...XXOO

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  3. that sounds so delicious! i need to try it!

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  4. Looks marvelous, Bethany! LOVE the Dirty Shirley Elsa on you! XOXO

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  5. I'm SO happy you posted this recipe! I had this in Mexico last spring, and have been wondering what it was and how to make it. I think I will be getting the ingredients this week!

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