May 7, 2011 11:30 AM
Jamaica Water
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: EP106 , flowers , hibiscus , jamaica , lime , recipe , sugar , water
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Agua de Jamaica
Makes 4 to 5 cups

1 cup jamaica concentrate (see below)
3 to 4 cups water

When ready to serve, dilute 1 cup concentrate with 3 to 4 cups water, or to your liking, and some ice cubes.

Makes about 5 cups

8 cups water
6 oz dried hibiscus or jamaica flowers, about 2 cups
1 1/2 cups sugar, or to taste
2 tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste

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.


Hi Pati,

I am very happy I caught your show today. You were making Jamaica water. I have a dear new friend from Guatalajara who just taught me about the wonderful uses of that flower in Mexico and made me some of the water last month but you showed me its many uses. I can't wait to prepare her some of these recipes to surprise her.

Love your kitchen and the warmth of your show.
Best of everything to you. Cheers!

Deni | May 11, 2011 6:30 PM

My family makes Agua de Jamaica at home, but instead of boiling the jamaica flowers, we put them in a pitcher with water and let them soak overnight (after a quick rinse to wash the flowers). Not adding heat to them preserves the natural healing properties of the flowers (aids in circulation). We then pull the flowers out and sweeten to taste.

I hope this alternative is equally enjoyed by others.

Lily | June 22, 2011 1:34 AM

Patis thank you so very much for the recipes I have been trying to find a recipe for the longest time and it reminds me when my family & I would go to mexico just to have some drinks and I could never find anyone that would give me the recipe. Your such a blessing I was watching tv and strolling through the channels ans saw you talking about the Agua de Jamaica and I was so happy I will be one of your fans from here on out I would like also learn how to make hochate drink I don't I spelled it right it's rice water please if you know the recipe would you be kindly to send it to me your my Hero Thank you so very much your such a Blessing !

Stella H.Fish | June 26, 2011 3:36 AM

Hola Stella, here is a link to my recipe for horchata, the rice drink you asked about:
It's perfect for the summer!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Stella H.Fish | June 28, 2011 2:33 PM


Thanks so much for this episode. Whenever I need a refreshing drink in the humid Yucatan, I go look for a stand selling flor de jamaica. I recently received a large package of dried hibiscus flowers, so I know what I'll be making! Love your show and your passion for Mexico's incredible cuisine! Best wishes!

Scott Timm | March 31, 2012 8:45 PM

Hi Pati,

Saw you show for the first time yesterday and am hooked. In fact, today I took my husband grocery shopping with me and we bought hibicus flowers, and tamarinds and as I am typing my hibicus flowers are simmering away and my tamarinds are soaking.
I have read through many of your recipes and am looking forward to trying many of them (so is my husband *wink*).
Thank you and look forward to seeing more of your shows.

Nula | April 1, 2012 7:11 PM

Let me know what you (and your husband) think of the hibiscus flowers and tamarinds Nula! I just think they are so beautiful to cook with :)

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Nula | April 5, 2012 5:03 PM

I made the concentrate and really loved the water. I'm planning on making the popsicles as well.

I've caught Pati's show twice and really enjoyed it. Hoping that it stays around!

Michelle | August 6, 2012 7:47 PM

So happy you loved the Jamaica water Michelle! Let me know what you think of the popsicles. Yes, the show will be around. Season 2 will air this fall, and we will be filming season 3 soon :).

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Michelle | August 12, 2012 8:32 PM