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Agua De Jamaica

Agua De Jamaica

Agua De Jamaica

In a small taqueria in San Jose del Cabo we first discovered what soon became our favorite beverage in Mexico. Agua de Jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah) is an infusion of hibiscus flowers.

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

An internet search will quickly turn up numerous websites touting the health benefits of hibiscus tea, and there have been clinical studies suggesting the consumption of the tea may lower blood pressure.

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.

 

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Agua De Jamaica
This infusion of hibiscus flowers is a delicious, refreshing cocktail on a hot tropical afternoon.
Agua De Jamaica
Course Beverage
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Beverage
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Agua De Jamaica
Instructions
  1. Boil 6 cups of water.
  2. Add the dried flowers and sugar.
  3. Stir to dissolve the sugar completely.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Cover and let cool.
  6. The longer the tea steeps, the stronger and more tart it will be.
  7. Once cooled, strain out flowers. Squeeze them to extract all the juice.
  8. Add the remaining 10 cups of water and lime juice.
Recipe Notes

Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge or sprig of mint.
Enjoy!

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.

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By | 2018-05-18T00:46:08+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Categories: Health and Fitness, Mexico|Tags: , |0 Comments

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Diane and Alex have spent their lives together in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. After 25 years together, they are 50ish travel bloggers, trying to see and share as much of the world as they can.

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