Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cinco de Mayo coming up next week

Cinco de Mayo is coming up next week. Hibiscus (jamaica) is very popular in Mexico, where it is referred to as, "agua de jamaica".

Hibiscus is a very popular component in iced teas, where it is favored for its deep ruby red color. The taste is relatively sour, but it easily brightened with a good helping of sweetner. The combination of sweet and sour makes for a thirst quenching beverage.

Not only does hibiscus taste good, but it's also good for you. Some studies have shown hibiscus to be beneficial in managing blood pressure and cholesterol.

Our house blend, Rosa de Jamaica, features hibiscus, lemon myrtle and rose petals.

Now that's we're gearing up for the summer and Cinco de Mayo is nearly here, this is a great time to prepare a pitcher of aqua de jamaica. To make a 32 oz pitcher, take about 3 tablespoons of Rosa de Jamaica and steep for a good 7 - 10 minutes water which has been brought to a boil. Be generous with the sweetner with this drink, as it needs the sweetness to offset the pungency. If you prefer, try sweetening with stevia or another natural sugar substitute.

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