Virgin Island Hibiscus Drink

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 10m
Ready In

Recipe: #39148

July 16, 2022

"Big splash of rum, sherry or wine can be added"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (254.1 g)
  • Calories 48.8
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 11 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 g
  • Sugars - 10.6 g
  • Protein - 0.3 g
  • Calcium - 19.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring water and sugar to a boil

Step 2

Take off heat

Step 3

Add everything else

Step 4


Step 5

Let steep

Step 6

15 minutes

Step 7

Taste see if it's sat long enough

Step 8


Step 9

Remove peels and ginger knob and flowers

Step 10

Chill serve over ice


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the ginger knob, look for one that is firm and free of blemishes.
  • When adding the dried hibiscus, make sure to break it up into smaller pieces to ensure even flavor.

  • Substitute honey for the sugar - Honey is a healthier alternative to sugar and will add a subtle sweetness to the drink.
  • Substitute lime peel for the orange peel - Lime peel will give the drink a more tart and citrusy flavor, which will complement the ginger and spices.

Spiced Coconut Hibiscus Drink Bring water and sugar to a boil. Take off heat. Add everything else except the orange and lemon peels. Stir, let steep for 15 minutes. Taste to see if it's sat long enough. Add the coconut milk and stir. Strain, remove ginger knob and flowers, chill, and serve over ice.

Grilled Jerk Chicken: This spicy, flavorful dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Virgin Island Hibiscus Drink. The sweetness of the drink will balance out the heat of the jerk chicken, creating a delicious combination.

Caribbean-Style Rice and Beans: This classic Caribbean dish is the perfect complement to the Grilled Jerk Chicken and Virgin Island Hibiscus Drink. The combination of the savory and spicy flavors of the chicken and the sweet and tart flavors of the drink will be enhanced by the flavor of the rice and beans. The creamy texture of the beans and the nutty flavor of the rice will provide a delicious contrast to the other dishes.


Q: Can I use fresh hibiscus instead of dried?

A: Yes, you can use fresh hibiscus instead of dried. Just reduce the amount to 1/8 cup.

Q: How do I store hibiscus?

A: Dried hibiscus should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Fresh hibiscus should be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The Virgin Island Hibiscus Drink is a popular drink in the Caribbean, particularly in Jamaica. It is said to have been created by the famous reggae singer Bob Marley, who was known for his love of hibiscus.

Fun Fact 2: This recipe is believed to have its roots in the traditional Caribbean beverage known as sorrel. Sorrel is made with hibiscus flowers, ginger, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and sugar, and is said to have been enjoyed by sailors in the 18th century.