Agua de Jamaica is a Central American and Caribbean drink, which is essentially a tea made from hibiscus calyces. It is very refreshing when served chilled, and relaxing when served warm, but is most often served chilled. Hibiscus has long been used in herbal remedies, and this drink is known in Central America as an "agua fresca," (lit. "fresh water") meaning a cheap beverage. It has been proven to help lower blood pressure, in part due to its mild diuretic properties. This drink is also a beautiful deep ruby red color, which is very pleasing to the eye. Here we'll introduce Rum.
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
- 2 Cups Hibiscus flowers, dried
- 3 Allspice berries, whole
- 1 Stick Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 Ounces Banks 5 Island
- Juice of half lime
- Agua de Flor de Jamaica
Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a 4 quart saucepan over high heat. Add sugar and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in dried hibiscus flowers, allspice, and cinnamon; let sit, put the rum and covered, at room temperature for 1 hour. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher, discard solids; chill for 2 hours. Pour over ice to serve.