Agua de Jamaica or hibiscus, a very intense and tangy flavour that goes really well with spicy food!


To make 1.5 lt – .396 gal of agua de Jamaica- hibiscus refresher you will need:

  • 150g – 5.29 oz dried hibiscus flowers.
  • 1.5 lt – .396 gal chilled water
  • 250g – 8.81 oz of caster sugar

 You will also need a pot and a colander.

You can buy hibiscus flowers at Mexican minimarts, organic food shops and you can easily order it online too.


  • Begin by boiling the hibiscus flowers for 10 minutes in half a litre to make a very rich concentrate. Let it cool completely before using.
  • Now pass it through a colander.

You can boil the flowers again although the infusion won’t be as strong.

  • And now add the remaining water and sugar.
  • Whisk vigorously as the sugar will take some time to dissolve.
  • You can serve it with some extra ice.


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