Summer is almost coming to an end. The only possible way to cope is with a super refreshing drink: all-natural Agua de Jamaica! If you love lemonade, this tart— yet sweet—drink is just as thirst-quenching! It's also known as hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is a flower that is celebrated and widely-known in South America and some regions of Asia for its refreshing properties. There are wide variety of benefits that come with drinking a cup of earthy hibiscus tea:
Lower blood pressure
The Hibiscus flower has “anti-hypertensive properties” which helps lower blood pressure levels. Some studies found that drinking 2-3 cups of hibiscus tea can mitigate the effects of high blood pressure.
Like berries and some leafy greens, this tea has tons and tons of antioxidants that protect us from chronic diseases like heart problems and cancer.
This drink doesn’t have to be made straight from dried flowers. Though the flavor won’t be the same, chilled hibiscus tea can also be made with 5 hibiscus tea bags and 10 cups of water. For this recipe, feel free to use the sweenter of your choice, such as stevia or agave nectar.
Agua de Jamaica
Makes 5-6 cups
- 10 cups of water
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- Juice of a lime.
- 1 cup of ice
- In a large bowl, boil all 10 cups of water
- Next, mix in the cup of hibiscus and let it bloom for 20 minutes (or steep for 20 minutes if you're using tea bags)
- After the set time has passed, strain the flower and let your tea cool for about 20 mins.
- When the tea is at room temperature, add the lime juice, sugar (or sweetener) and ice.
- Serve with some lime wedges and ice
Macros (per 1 cup)
- Protein: 0g
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 0g
About the author.
Valentina Selviz is a food and fitness blogger getting her degree in Nutrition, and a certification in Personal Training. Check her out on her social media accounts and her blog for macro friendly recipes and fitspo!
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