Agua de Jamaica which translates as “hibiscus water” is a typical agua fresca to accompany the mid-day meal in different parts of Latin America like Jamaica, Mexico, Colombia, between other countries. Agua de Jamaica is not only a drink but an excuse to bring family and friends together. Everybody drinks Agua de Jamaica!
It is sweet, tart, delicious and really refreshing all at the same time. You prepare it by steeping hibiscus flowers to produce a concentrate that you dilute with water and sweeten with sugar. It is a great and healthy alternative to soda!
Rain or shine you can enjoy hibiscus tea: hot, cold or warm.
Hibiscus health benefits
- Hibiscus improves digestion. Since it has diuretic properties it helps you lose weight and improves the health of your gastrointestinal system. It is a natural laxative and diuretic beverage.
- It reliefs cramps and menstrual pain.
- Hibiscus helps lower the "bad" LDL cholesterol, therefore it promotes a healthy heart and protects blood vessels from damage.
- It improves the immune system, so people drink it frequently when sick.