Agua de Jamaica (pronounced Hah.my.ka), the hibiscus flower drink, is a favorite at parties in Mexico. It’s refreshing and delicious. Its rich, red, festive color goes great with the red, green, and white decorations of Mexican National Holidays.
Jamaica is made from dried hibiscus flowers. You can find them in Mexican markets. This is how they look dry, and then cooked.
Preparing it couldn’t be easier. Just be aware, the rich, red color can stain, so don’t wear fancy clothes when you are preparing it. And be sure it’s chilled before you serve it.
Agua de Jamaica, the Hibiscus Flower Drink
- 2 cups dry Jamaica (Hibiscus) Flowers from the market
- 18 cups of Water, divided
- 1 cup of Sugar
Using a colander, lightly rinse the Jamaica flowers. Transfer the flowers to a pot, add 6 cups of water, bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add the sugar, mix well until sugar is dissolved and let it simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Remove from stove and let it cool, approx 1.5 – 2 hours.
Using a colander, pour the Jamaica water into a pitcher, add 12 cups of cold water, taste, and add more sugar or cold water to taste.
Chill it in fridge or serve with ice and enjoy!