Aguas Frescas are classic Mexican drinks made out fresh fruit, water & sugar. But this Agua de Jamaica is made with dried hibiscus flowers and it’s just like making iced tea!
I swear most recipes I see out there these days are fancy or have a very creative combination of ingredients. I’m amazed at the things food bloggers & chefs think of! Could be that since everything has been “done”, the goal is to create something new…..And here I am, most of the time sharing old fashioned traditional recipes. Honestly I feel that I cannot venture into the creative combination of ingredients for this blog if I have not shared the classic version first. Call me a purist if you want but that’s how I roll
I think it’s due to the fact that I want this to be a place my kids and family stop by and look for the foods they’ve been eating for years at home.
- 2 cups dried jamaica flowers (also known as hibiscus or flor de Jamaica)
- 16 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- In a large pot, place the 2 cups of dried Jamaica and 8 cups of water.
- Over medium high heat, bring it to a soft boil for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the sugar and stir well until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the remaining of the water and let it cool (I let mine sit overnight covered on my counter since I like it to have a strong flavor!)
- Strain. Taste for sugar and water and add more if necessary.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice.