What is your favorite homemade tea recipe?
Tea enthusiast and owner of Tao Te Tea
My every-day tea recipe is simply premium tea leaves and water. However, when I'm in the mood for something special, I like to make agua de jamaica.
Where I’m from, deep South Texas, jamaica is a very popular refreshment. In English, it’s called hibiscus tea.
Agua de jamaica is an infusion of dried Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers. The spanish word "agua fresca" literally translates to english as “fresh water.” Aguq fresca de jamaica is loaded with Vitamin C and even said lower blood pressure.
It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor. But when sweetened with cane juice, it makes for a delicious iced refreshment that can quench any hot summer thirst. It’s also a healthy alternative to cool-aid, kids do t know it’s healthy!
Step 1: Gather your ingrediants
To make agua de jamaica, you will need:
- Hibiscus Flowers - 2 Cups
- COLD water - 2 Quarts
- Sweetener - 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sugar (or 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup Holy Hive Honey Powder)
Step 2: Prepare the water for tea
The water needs to be heated up to 212*F. At first thought, it may seem rediculus to start with COLD water and then heat it up, but this ensure that we start with water that is rich in disolved gasses and tathwe do not loose those dissolved gases due to over boiling or reboiling.
As soon as the water reaches 212*F, add the 2 cups of hibiscus flowers. Be sure to not overheat the watter, this may result in the loss of disolved gasses and will not allow your tea to be brewed to its full potential.
Step 3: Introduce the hibiscus flowers to the hot water
Introduce the hibiscus flowers to your hot water, gently stirring untill completely submerged.
It is not nessisary to continue stirring. In fact, we will use the hibiscus flowers as a guage to determine when out tea has been properly steeped.
Generally, 10 minutes of steeping is sufficieant. The hibiscus flowers will begin to sink to the bottom of your steeping pot when the flowers are ready to be strained out.
Step 4: Strain and sweeten your agua fresca de jamica
Strain your tea using an available straining device. I reccomend a wire mesh type strainer for tea.
Now to sweeten and chill your hibiscus tea. Once chilled, you will have offically prepared agua fresca de jamica!
Step 5: Enjoy!
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