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Hibiscus-Lemon Agua Fresca

Hibiscus-Lemon Agua Fresca

As we jump towards spring and inch towards summer, warmer days are on the horizon. To help prepare for the new season, we are bringing you a refreshingly tasty recipe for hibiscus-lemon agua fresca.  Agua fresca translates to fresh water or cool water and is a beverage hugely popular in Mexico and Central America. They are drinks made of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds that are blended with sugar and water.   This refreshing recipe should take about 15 minutes to make. Enjoy this easy and delicious drink to welcome the warmer, sunnier days!  ¡Provecho!
  • 1 lemon for garnishing 
  • 1 cup of Don Juan Hibiscus Flower 
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or agave syrup) 
  • 8 cups of water 
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 

thoughts before starting

This recipe will yield about 7 cups of Agua Fresca. The drink will stay good for 5 days if stored in the refrigerator inside of an airtight container. Add some fresh mint for extra flavor!

what you'll need to start

Measuring cup, large pot, fine mesh strainer, serving pitcher.


  1. To start, take your extra lemon and slice it into rounds for decorate your pitcher. Also prep any mint or other add-ins you may have chosen.  
  2. Next, over high heat, bring your hibiscus flower, sugar, and about 8 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. After it boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer if for 10 minutes. We are looking to bloom the hibiscus flowers and combine the sugar.  
  3. Take off the heat when combined and use your strainer to remove all solids.  
  4. Transfer to your pitcher, pouring slowly so that you can leave any large particles in the pot. Chill this mixture for 2 hours before adding in your freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
  5. Mix in your sliced lemon and any other garnishes. (We decided to add the mint)
  6. Serve with ice and enjoy! 

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