Agua De Jamaica
This beautiful deep crimson tea can be consumed both hot and cold. Our preference is to pour it over ice with a bit of sugar and lime juice. On its own jamaica is quite tart, with an almost cranberry-like flavor. With the addition of sugar or agave syrup, it’s a delicious, refreshing cocktail on a hot tropical afternoon. You can find the dried hibiscus flowers at almost any Mexican market (look for “flor de jamaica”), also available online.
While house sitting in La Paz, Mexico for an extended period of time, we discovered they are readily available at many of the super markets. We decided to try making it ourselves, and we’re hooked. Once we were able to communicate that we were looking for jamaica – not jicama! – we bought a bag of the dried flowers from the bulk section at the grocery store.
Potential Health Benefits
However, it seems most of the benefits touted have not been verified by any scientific data. The reported remedies and benefits range from high blood pressure and cholesterol management to digestive, immune system and inflammatory issues and even a reduction in cancer risk. We do know that it’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Also commonly thought of as a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative – it’s probably best enjoyed in moderation. Either way, it’s a very pretty and refreshing addition to any meal or on its own.
Variations On A Theme
Another search will also turn up several ways to brew up a batch of Agua de Jamaica. Some include the addition of ginger, cinnamon, apples and even a bit of rum. We like ours plain and simple (except that one time we made jamaica margaritas!) We hope you enjoy our recipe as much as we do! Let us know if you have a favorite recipe of your own.