If you’ve never had aguas frescas in Mexico or in various Mexican grocery stores, you have a delicious discovery ahead of you. These are made in various flavors such as melon, tamarind, mango, etc., and it’s a bit like drinking the delicate essence of the fruit itself. This beautifully colored, magenta agua de jamaica is made with dried hibiscus leaves and has a slightly acidic, flowery flavor to it. It looks so refreshing and eye-catching when poured into a glass full of ice. Making it at home allows you to sweeten to your liking.
- Yield: 8 Servings
- Total Time: 30 Minutes
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 8 cups water
- 1¼ cups sugar
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Lime juice
- In the Instant Pot, combine the hibiscus flowers, water, sugar, ginger, and cinnamon.
- Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select manual and set the pot at high pressure for 4 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
- Strain the tea into a glass pitcher and allow to cool; discard the flowers. Add lime juice to taste. Serve in glasses over ice.