- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers or 6 hibiscus tea bags
- 5 cups water, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup rum, optional
- Mint sprigs, optional
- Rinse flowers in cold water. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups water, flowers and lime peel. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Strain mixture, discarding flowers and lime peel; transfer to a large bowl. Add sugar and remaining water, stirring until sugar is dissolved. If desired, stir in rum. Refrigerate until cold. Add mint sprigs if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Agua de Jamaica in Taste of Home April/May 2016, p38
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Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016
"Great refreshing summer beverage! Slightly tart but quite refreshing. I did use hibiscus tea bags instead of the flowers themselves. Adjust the rum to taste. Perfect for a warm evening on the porch swing!"