I ordered dry organic whole hibiscus flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs and a one lb pkg of them is, at this moment, $7.50. The bag is large, about the size of a gallon zip lock storage bag so there is more than enough in this bag to make 3 or more batches of the concentrate. Pretty much, it's water, hibiscus flowers (simmered like tea), add lime juice and sugar and store in the fridge and use a ratio of about 1 part concentrate to 3-4 parts water. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups sugar or to taste. Since I used the juice of a lime and the zest, I used 2 cups of organic sugar. It still has a little zing to it.
I would say it most closely resembles cranberry juice. And don't splatter this stuff on you or you will be challenged with getting it out. It's deep in color like beet juice. It might never come off until you die, or even not then.
Here is the recipe:
JAMAICA WATER 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
INGREDIENTS 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
TO PREPARE 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.
Note: to make by the glass, which is how I do it, I fill a 16-20 oz glass nearly half with ice, then about 3/4 with filtered ice water, then top it off with the chilled concentrate and stir. Adjust according to your preference.
FYI, if you're wondering if there is any benefit to Hibiscus Flower, here is, quoted verbatum from Mountain Rose Herb's website, some info about the Hibiscus Flower (note to self, it is used for fat reduction/metabolism, not to mention high in antioxidants):