Have you heard of the beverage Agua Fresca? It translates to "fresh waters." Popular in Mexico and Central America, it is a combination of fruit or herbs, sugar and water. When hibiscus is the plant of choice, it can be called Agua de Jamaica.
Hibiscus is a powerful antioxidant herb whose properties are best extracted through water making it a great base for teas. Hibiscus tea is cooling, astringent and high in mucilage. This combination makes for a revitalizing and refreshing beverage.
In this blend, hibiscus' high vitamin c content offers a tart flavor similar to cranberries. The fruity sweetness of raspberries and the floral notes in honey balance the sour. Ginger and cinnamon add a hint of spice and also warmth if you are looking for an iced tea in the colder months. A squeeze of lime at the end makes it all pop.
M A K E
2 1/2 c water
2 c raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 c hibiscus, dried
1-2 inches ginger, fresh and peeled
1/2 - 1 cinnamon stick
1/4 c honey
In a sauce pan, add water, raspberries, hibiscus, ginger and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and warm for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat and stir in the honey. Let the mixture come to room temperature.
Blend in a blender or food processor and strain through a sieve.
Pour into two glasses. Add ice and a squeeze of lime. Serves two.
For educational purposes only.
Not intended for medical advice.
Always consult your physician.
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