Agua de Jamaica

  • Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes6 servings
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers or 6 hibiscus tea bags
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup rum, optional
  • Mint sprigs, optional

Rinse flowers in cold water. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups water, flowers and lime zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Strain mixture, discarding flowers and zest; transfer to a large bowl. Add sugar and remaining water, stirring until sugar is dissolved. If desired, stir in rum. Refrigerate until cold. Add mint sprigs if desired.

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