Jamaica Agua Fresca

(courtesy of the Yanez family. Makes about 15 to 18 cups)

1½ cups jamaica flowers (hibiscus)

5 quarts water

1½ cups sugar (or adjust to taste; easily replaced with sugar substitute)

Bring all water to boil over high heat in heat-resistant pot. Once water has boiled, add hibiscus flowers. Boil about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.

When cooled, strain all flower from liquid and pour into jug or container of choice. Add sugar and mix until you cannot see grains. Refrigerate about an hour or until completely cold. Serve over ice and enjoy!

*For a special summer treat, freeze finished agua fresca in cups with spoon (or popsicle stick) inside for a delicious homemade popsicle.

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