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Hibiscus Agua Fresca

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By Lynne Sampson

This rose-colored take on iced tea — actually more like an adult version of Kool-Aid — is made by steeping hibiscus flowers or tea in hot water.

Make ahead: The agua fresca needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Storage: Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Where to buy: Hibiscus flowers can be found in some natural food stores, Mexican grocery stores and online.

From food writer Lynne Sampson, originally published in The Post in 2003.

Ingredients

measuring cup

Servings: 8 (makes about 8 cups)

  • 1/2 cup (3/4 ounce) dried hibiscus flowers or 6 bags hibiscus tea
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more to taste
  • Ice
  • Cold filtered water, as needed

Directions

Time Icon Active: 10 mins| Total: 40 mins, plus at least 2 hours to chill

  1. Step 1

    In a heatproof bowl or liquid measuring cup, cover the hibiscus flowers with the boiling water and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher; discard or compost the hibiscus.

  2. Step 2

    Add the sugar to the hibiscus infusion and stir until dissolved. Fill the pitcher two-thirds full with ice and top it off with cold water. Taste, and if desired, add more sugar as needed. Refrigerate until chilled through, at least 2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    When ready to serve, divide the agua fresca among ice-filled tall glasses.

Substitutions

Granulated sugar >> honey or agave.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (1 cup)

  • Calories

    46

  • Fat

    0 g

  • Saturated Fat

    0 g

  • Carbohydrates

    12 g

  • Sodium

    3 mg

  • Cholesterol

    0 mg

  • Protein

    0 g

  • Fiber

    0 g

  • Sugar

    12 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From food writer Lynne Sampson, originally published in The Post in 2003.

Tested by Lisa Cherkasky.

Published July 9, 2024

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