Hibiscus Drink, “Agua De Jamaica”

Hibiscus Drink, “Agua De Jamaica”

Here’s a recipe from my archives.  It’s one of our traditional aguas frescas and perhaps the most famous.  I’m re-posting it in honor of the beautiful, warmer spring weather we’re starting to enjoy here in Texas.AguaJamaicasmlIt’s simple to make and a delight when you are outdoors. It is also a health-promoting drink. Clinical tests conducted in Oaxaca in 2005 showed that the drink reduced cholesterol by 35%, with an increase in high density cholesterol (good cholesterol)  and reduction of tryglycerides, the fat that can clog arteries.¹  I drink it as often as I can because it’s delicious.

The recipe is from Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage published by Texas Tech University Press.

Recipe (makes 2 quarts)

Dried hibiscus flowers, flores de jamaica.
Dried hibiscus flowers, flores de jamaica.

Ingredients
2 quarts filtered water
3/4 cup dried Flores de Jamaica, Hibiscus flowers
1/2 cup sugar or 1/3 cup light Agave Nectar

Method
1.  Bring the water to a boil, add the flowers and boil for 15 minutes
2.  Turn off the heat and let the water cool to room temperature
3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, add the sweetener, and cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Serve over ice.

 

 

REFERENCES:

1. “Flor De Jamaica orgánica de México (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.)  http://vinculando.org/mercado/flor_jamaica.html

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