Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Walk in to practically any taqueria in California and you'll likely find supersized containers of agua frescas, right next to the soda dispenser. The usual flavors are horchata (a sweet rice drink), tamarindo (from tamarind, and agua de jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah), an infusion of dried red hibiscus flowers. I almost always go for the ruby red jamaica, I think just because I love the color. The taste is slightly tart and refreshing. If you've ever had red zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings, it's a little like that. Or a little like cranberry juice. With a squeeze or two of lime juice it becomes almost punch-like.

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