Agua de Jamaica (Sweet Hibiscus Drink)

  • Serves

    makes 5 Cups


This sweet-tart drink is a popular streetside cooler in Mexico.


  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 2 cups (about 2 oz.) dried hibiscus flowers (available at mountainroseherbs.com)
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1 stick canela (available at ranchogordo.com) or cinnamon


Step 1

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat. Add sugar and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in dried hibiscus flowers, allspice, and canela or cinnamon; let sit, covered, at room temperature for 1 hour. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher, discard solids; chill for 2 hours. Pour over ice to serve.

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