Agua fresca de jamaica is tea made from dry hibiscus flowers. Starbucks sells this tea with a blend of passion fruit, mango, and lemongrass. I like to stay true to the flavors used in agua fresca, by using cinnamon sticks and a squeeze of lime. You’re probably asking yourself, where do I get dry hibiscus flowers? Well, head on over to the Mexican food market. There you can find loose hibiscus flowers, but you’ll have to ask for it as “jamaica”, and no, you don’t say it how you pronounce that beautiful island, its more like “ham-I-kah.”
Once you bring home your dry leaves, brew up a big batch for the price of one tall cup from Starbucks tea, keep remaining tea cool in the fridge and just keep pouring as needed. No return trip to Starbucks needed. :)
4C of water
3/4C of sugar (you can add more if you like your tea sweeter)
1C dried hibiscus flowers
1/2 cinnamon stick (optional)
4C of ice water
2T Lime juice (optional)
lime slices for garnish
Put 4 cups of the water, cinnamon, and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
Stir in the dried hibiscus flowers.
Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
Strain into a pitcher and discard the hibiscus flowers and cinnamon stick.
Add remaining 4 cups of ice water to the concentrate, and chill. Add a little lime juice for a more punch-like flavor.
Serve over ice with a slice of lime.
For a fizzy treat, use soda water instead of the 4 cups of ice water.