Refreshing Hibiscus Water

    45 min

    This drink is also known as agua de Jamaica in Mexico. It's wonderfully refreshing and perfect when served on a warm summer's day. It's made with hisbiscus petals, sugar and spices.

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    Makes: 4 litres

    • 1.5 litres water
    • 20g dried hibiscus petals
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 pinch ground cloves
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 1 pinch ground allspice
    • 100g molasses sugar
    • 300g caster sugar

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Place 1.5 litres of water in a large saucepan; bring to the boil. Stir in the hibiscus petals, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the water has turned a deep red, 30 to 45 minutes.
    2. Stir the molasses sugar into the hibiscus water until dissolved, then set aside to cool 15 minutes. After cooling, pass the mixture through a sieve into a 4 litre serving jug. Squeeze as much liquid from the petals as you can, then discard the petals. Stir in the caster sugar until dissolved, then pour in enough cold water to fill the jug. Serve immediately or let stand overnight for best flavour.


    Dried hibiscus petals can be purchased online.

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    I have it 2 stars because it's good. But not five because This is an exaggerated version of the Mexican Jamaica Drink. Both my parents are from Michoacan, Mex and my mother herself only boils Hibiscus leaves for a good 2 hours to extract all the flavor and color and as it's hot she adds Mexican sugar (not the piloncillo which has a different after taste, but course, unbleached, Mexican sugar) and that is it. I tried this recipe, and although good, it's not Mexican Jamaica, it heavily resembles that from Puerto Rico.  -  19 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    AWESOME!! I don't have a gallon pitcher, so I halved the recipe, got a lil too much nutmeg (oops!) still delicious. Going to try to gradually reduce the sugar. Excellent recipe. Thank you SB!! UPDATE: This has become my quaff du summer. In a 1/2 gl pitcher I've reduced the sugar to 1 medium cone of piloncillo and 1/2 c. white sugar. For some added goodness, I've squeezed a lime or two or three in it as well, so refreshing!  -  27 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent! I love the agua de jamaica they sell in the restaurant part of our local Mexican grocery store, but it's SO expensive! This was simple to make and very inexpensive (about $3.00 for a gallon, compared to $3.49 for a 32-ounce cup at the store). This is less sweet and syrupy than the jamaica at the store, too, and that makes me like it even more. Thanks for a great recipe that I'll make many times!  -  13 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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