Celebrate Juneteenth with AquaTru - AquaTru

Juneteenth is a holiday that falls on June 19th and marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom. This day is now a federal holiday and is celebrated with various traditional foods and drinks!

One of the most popular drinks is the “Red Drink,” which is a modern version of traditional African hibiscus ginger tea. It is also known as Bissap, Sorrel, and Agua Fresca de Jamaica, and was historically used for its healing properties and as a symbol of resilience during enslavement.

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea)

  • 2 quarts of AquaTru purified water, divided
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
Optional additions:
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon stick
  • A few thin slices ginger
  • Lime juice
  • Orange or lime slices for garnish
  1. Boil the AquaTru purified water with sugar and spices: Put 4 cups of the purified water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon and/or ginger slices, if you would like. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Steep with the dried hibiscus flowers: Remove from heat. Stir in the dried hibiscus flowers using a spatula. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain: Strain into a pitcher and discard the used hibiscus flowers, ginger, cinnamon, and/or allspice berries.
  4. Add AquaTru purified water: Add remaining 4 cups of water to the concentrate, and chill.
  • Add ice and chilled soda water for a carbonated version.
  • Add a little lime juice for a tangy twist.
  • Serve over ice with orange or lime slices.


Celebrate Juneteenth with AquaTru! Cheers to freedom and resilience!