this summer's drink : agua de jamaica cocktails

Picture 4This weekend, I gained a newfound appreciation for the traditional Mexican brew of agua de jamaica, an iced tea made from dried hibiscus (jamaica in Spanish) flower petals. It's a light, refreshing drink on its own but all the more fun and exotic in cocktail form. The tea-like flavor is a gentle host to the tang and bite of citrus and alcohol. We added fresh lime juice and tequila. Que bueno!

To make agua de jamaica, the toughest part will be acquiring the dried petals. Once you have them, boil 10 cups of water with 2 cups of petals. Once the mixture has reached a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and chill before serving. Add simple syrup to taste.

(Recipe via my darling mom; Image via Beyond Wonderful)