Hibiscus Flower Concentrate


Hibiscus Flower Concentrate

Hibiscus Flower Concentrate

Concentrado de Jamaica
5 cups
Pati Jinich
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Concentrado, concentrate, flowers, hibiscus, jamaica, water
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Although not native to Mexico, with a contested origin between Africa and India, jamaica flowers arrived in colonial times and are now deeply integrated into Mexican cuisine. Mainly used to prepare agua de jamaica, one of the freshly flavored waters (aguas frescas), they are enjoyed daily throughout Mexico.


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups (about 2-3 ounces) dried hibiscus or jamaica flowers
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

To Prepare

  • In a 6- or 8-quart saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add flowers, stir and simmer over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool a bit.
  • Strain mixture into a large container (with a lid to cover later), and add the sugar and lime juice. Stir until well-dissolved.
  • Once the concentrate has cooled, cover well and refrigerate. It will keep in the refrigerator for months.

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  1. My Grandmother always had a pitcher of this when we visited her in Laredo, Texas. My tea never turned out as good, because I never knew to make the concentrate first!

  2. Do you rinse the flowers first ? I brought fresh hibiscus from Mexico and love love love. Sometimes little particles so wondered if should rinse. Also how long can you leave concentrate or diluted drink in refrigerator ?

    Thank you

    1. It is a good idea to rinse them first, just run them below the faucet and clean them gently with your fingers. You can keep the concentrate in the fridge at least 3 months. Enjoy!

  3. Thank you for the agua frescas recipes. I look forward to your recipes . I love to cook and tried new recipes from your shows. Keep it coming!!🤗🤗

    1. Muchas Gracias Ofelia! New season is premiering the first week of October with lots of delicious recipes from you; hope you will tune in!

    1. You can drink it without sugar, would be a bit bitter but the flavor is still good. Or you can add some Stevia if you prefer.

  4. Hola soy Laura en Bakersfield CA me encantan tus recetas aunque mi ingles es poco te sigo,sobre la agua de Jamaica me encanta soy de mexicali donde las aguas frescas son #1 por el calor pero mi pregunta es por que le agregan limon es rraro ver no la e provado pero tengo Jamaica y la voy aser asi ya as provado la de cebada en mi favorita bueno bendiciones y cuidensen 👍🙏🥰

    1. Hola Laura! El limon le da muy buen sabor a la jamaica, pero si no te gusta, no lo uses, ya sabes que es deliciosa de todas maneras. Saludos a CA!