Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jamaica Water

This water or considered also a tea, is a common drink here in Mexico and frankly a local favorite. It is a drink made from the flower petals of Jamaica, a type of hibiscus plant. This is a perfect, refreshing, and delightful beverage with a gorgeous color and a sweet yet simultaneous tang that will hit the spot every time.
Being here in Mexico it obviously easily to find these petals, but in the States, you can most likely find them by asking your grocer where they carry hibiscus petals, instead of Jamaica. Enjoy!

Jamaica Water: (8 servings)

4 cups water
1/2 cup dried jamaica flowers
1/2 cup sugar
Another 3 cups of cold water

Note: First, jamaica has the potential to stain so keep this in mind with utensils and such that you use. 

Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove water from heat and add the dried flowers and sugar. Place a lid over the pot and steep for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture  through a strainer into a pitcher or jug. Add 3 more cups of cold water to the pitcher and taste, adjust according to your personal preference. You can add a more sugar if you like it sweeter or more water if you think  the jamaica is too strong. For me personally I prefer my tea not too sweet, so the listed ingredients is perfect to my taste. Cool completely and serve with ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

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