About this recipe: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.
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
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:35min › Ready in:45min
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.
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.