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Agua de Jamaica

A non-alcoholic drink from Mexico made with jamaica flowers. Recipe from Rick Bayless "Authentic Mexican"

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Yield: 5 to 6, 1 cup servings
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Ingredients

2 cups (2 ounces) jamaica flowers (dried hibiscus flowers)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or more as desired)

Instructions

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil then add the flowers and the sugar and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute. Pour into a noncorrosive bowl and steep for 2 hours.  *Note: this flower will stain so don't use a bowl that will stain.

Jamaica flowers soaking

Finish

Strain the mixture through a sieve pressing on the flower solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Taste for strength and sweetness. If it is too potent, add water or if too tart add more sugar.  Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.

Straining jamaica flowers

 

Jamaica
Are actually dried hibiscus flowers H. sabdariffa var. sabdariffa and are also called roselle or Jamaican sorrel.

Jamica flowers, dried
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Posted: 2/18/2010 12:02:50 PM
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