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Jamaica Concentrate (makes about 5 cups):
- 8 cups water
- 2 cups dried hibiscus or jamaica flowers about 2-3 ounces, depending on how tightly you pack the cups
- 1 1/2 cups sugar or to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or to taste
- 1 cup of the Jamaica Concentrate
- 3 to 4 cups water
To make the concentrate:
- In a saucepan, pour 8 cups of water and place over high heat. Once it comes to a boil, add the jamaica flowers, simmer at medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes and turn off the heat. Let it cool down and strain into a heat proof glass or plastic water jar. Add the sugar and lime juice, mix well, cover and refrigerate.
- It will keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 months.
To make the jamaica water:
- When ready to serve, dilute 1 cup concentrate with 3 to 4 cups water, or to your liking, and some ice cubes.
39comments inJamaica Water
where can you buy the flowers mentioned in this recipe in Canada on the winter??
You can buy them dried in any Latin or Hispanic Market Debbi, or of course, order them online 🙂
Easy& yummy recipe. I added fresh ginger to the
Jamaica flowers& let it steep. Gracias for your wonderful recipes.
Great idea to add ginger Aicha, thanks for sharing!
This also makes a refreshing base for tequila.
Absolutely! Enjoy 😉
This was so simple and taste so good
I also enjoyed it hot with a twist using a little bit of brown sugar some Mexican vanilla extract and squeezed the fresh limes and left the rinds with
Oh, yummy, great idea James, thanks for sharing!
My favorite drink! I have found that Jamaica flowers that are not completely dry work best!
Awesome, thanks for the feedback!
I live in Southern California and it’s been a very hot August at 95°+. Your Jamaica has been sooooooo refreshing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks to you Bob, glad you are enjoying a lot of jamaica. Stay cool 🙂
I have hibiscus flower plants—- can’t I just dehydrate flowers and use them?
I don’t see why not Tammy 😉
Pati you are the best!
Thanks Tone 😉
Sonia Marin Shaba
Gracias Pati y muy buena para Salud , It’s also very healthy to drink Jamaica water.
Asi es Sonia, mil gracias y un abrazo!
My favorite. I also like tamarindo sodas!
Tamarindo is a great flavor, you can use it for agua fresca as well Billy 😉
Refresco de tamarindo es una bebida de Nicaragua. así como chicha de piña, de maíz. Los Peruanos hacen la chicha morada hecha de maíz morado. Es deliciosa.
En los países Latinos hacemos muchos refrescos/aguas de mucha frutas.
Si, que rico!
Definitivamente la haré a mis hijas les encanta! 😋☺
Super Andrea, que la disfruten 😉
Where do you get hibiscus flower from? I can only find hibiscus tea bags.
You can find them in any Latin or Hispanic Market in your area Belinda; if not, they sell them online for sure. Good luck 😉
In Texas we have HEB. The Tea leaves are sold in the spice or produce section.
Thank you 🤠
If you can’t find them in stores, you could plant some and collect your own. It would take time and commitment but you can grow and harvest as much as you want! Save some seeds and share them.
Can you use sugar substitutes Patti
Absolutely Mike, you can go with Stevia or maybe use some sweetened coconut water? Your call, have fun!
Once diluted, I like the natural flavor of Jamaica.
Can I substitute honey for the sugar in this recipe?
Go for it, Lynn!
It would taste sooo good
I’ve been attempting to find a refreshing drink for months. I think I’ve found the one. Thanks for this. Really enjoy your show. Thank you.
Oh yes this is so refreshing, Leslie. Enjoy!
Really enjoy making your recipes this one i love too. Love your show Pati. One time i seen your mole made on your show. Really would love to see again not all know how to make it…my mother in law always made it but has passed away. Again love your show ty for your delicious recipes ♡♡♡
Thank you so much, Dia! You can find all of the mole recipes from my show here: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/show/ And I’ll try to add more soon.