Hibiscus and Gin Agua Fresca

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Our go-to summer drink for hot humid days, Agua Fresca is a Mexican drink that is often made with puréed fruit. We’ve used dried Hibiscus flowers for this version. They can be found in most middle-eastern shops so they are easier to find than you think – if it’s easier use 8 hibiscus tea bags instead. Make it non-alcoholic and omit the gin or switch it for vodka or even Prosecco.


1 litre water
2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers (or 8 hibiscus tea bags)
2 tablespoons caster or demerara sugar
Juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
200ml gin (omit for a non-alcoholic drink)


1. Put the water, hisbiscus flowers or tea bags and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, turn down and simmer over a gentle heat for 20 minutes. Strain, cool and add the lemon or lime juice and the gin. Chill for a few hours before serving in café glasses.

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