"The Other Side"
The weather has been muggy, humid and unbearable hot! We've been drinking aguas frescas, mainly Agua de Jamaica. We go through two jugs daily. I can't make it fast enough! Agua de Jamaica is a Mexican beverage which is super healthy and oh-so-simple to make! Dried hibiscus flowers, known in Mexico as Jamaica (pronounced hah-MIKE-ah) are used to make this refreshing drink (the flavor is similar to tart cranberry). It's a mild diuretic and in Mexico it's often used to combat high blood pressure.
Agua de Jamaica
1 cup dried Jamaica flowers
4 cups water
1/3 cup sugar (or to taste)
4 cups ice
Rinse and drain hibiscus flowers in a colander. In a large saucepan, bring water to boil. Add hibiscus flowers and sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes. Mixture will be dark red in color.
Remove from heat. Strain thoroughly, discarding all remaining flower petals. Pour into an ice filled pitcher and stir. Chill thoroughly before serving in tall, ice-filled glasses. Enjoy!!