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Flor de Jamaica Agua Fresca

Makes 1 quart of concentrate

Posted by The Lunchbox Tree

1 c. dried hibiscus flowers

1 quart water

1 strip of lime zest, removed from the fruit with a peeler

2 T. fresh lime juice

1 T. agave or honey (Or more, to taste)

Make the flor de Jamaica concentrate:  In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Stir in hibiscus flowers and turn heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in lime zest, lime juice, and agave or honey; stir until the sweetener is dissolved.  Let cool, and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

To make an agua fresca, pour 1/4 c. of the concentrate into a glass, and top with 1 1/2 - 2 c. water or seltzer.  Stir and top with ice; if desired, garnish with a lime.  Enjoy!