Agua De Jamaica Recipe
By Peanut Palate
🔪Prep Time: 5 mins
👩🍳Cook Time: 10 mins
3-4 cups water
½ cup dried hibiscus leaves
1 tbsp lemon or lime juice Add 2 tbsp if you prefer it to be more tangy
1-2 1-inch slice ginger thin slices – add 2 if you don't mind the taste of ginger
½ medium cinnamon stick
6-8 tbsp xylitol or another type of sugar. I used stevia drops instead. Optional, depending on your desired level of sweetness – you can omit it if you want it sugar free.
1In a large pot on the stove over medium high heat, boil water with the sugar and spices. Stir it every so often to make sure the sugar dissolves. Use only 3 cups water if you're going to drink it cold, or all 4 cups of water if you're drinking it hot.
2Once it's boiling and the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and stir in the hibiscus leaves.
3Let it steep for a half hour. You can leave it for longer if you'd like to drink it cold, allowing it to cool down.
4Strain into a pitcher so all spices and flowers get strained out. Add in ice cubes to serve (this is why we only used 3 cups water if we were drinking it cold, since the ice cubes dilute the drink).
5Serve with lemon slices and drink!
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