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Roselle Juice Recipe (น้ำกระเจี๊ยบ)

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This roselle juice recipe is super refreshing, easy to make, and tastes amazing. It’s not only yummy, but also full of health benefits, making it the best drink for a sunny day.

Pouring homemade roselle juice into a mug on a woven mat.

Have you ever felt the intense heat of the Thai sun? Some days, it’s almost like a sauna! That’s exactly why Thai people love cooling down with iced refreshers like a honey and lime green Thai tea, cha manao, and this roselle drink.

I remember when I was a kid, lots of people planted roselle plants (hibiscus sabdariffa) in their front gardens to make these refreshing drinks.

Back then, my grandmother used to make it for me during hot days. She took care of me until I was 5 before I moved to Belgium.

Woman harvesting ripe roselle flowers in a Thai rice field.
Harvesting roselle flowers in the rice fields.

The other day, my hubby and I were walking in the rice fields, and we saw a roselle plant. It gave me the great idea to make this refreshing drink!

You can order dried roselle leaves at Amazon or ask around at Asian grocery stores to make this recipe.

What is roselle juice

Roselle juice is a refreshing, healthy drink made from roselle flowers. In Thailand, everyone loves it because it’s perfect for cooling down and staying hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside. Its flavor is cranberry-like, and it’s often sold sweetened.


Roselle juice has a tart, cranberry-like flavor with a flowery hint. Feel free to add more sugar to taste to make it as sweet as you like, and a pinch of salt brings everything together just right.

The Thai name for this drink is nam krajeab (น้ำกระเจี๊ยบ). Roselle flower juice can sometimes be found at street food markets, but it’s definitely not as common as a bubble tea. The good news is, it’s super easy to make at home!

Icy glass of dark red roselle juice with a straw.

Not only is this Thai drink perfect on a hot summer’s day, it also comes with lots of health benefits and things that are good for you and your body.

Roselle juice benefits

According to Rhymba Hills Tea, roselle is known for its numerous health benefits. It’s said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, aids digestion and weight loss, and helps relieve menstrual pain. Additionally, it’s believed to possess anti-cancer and antidepressant properties, and can even help soothe coughs and colds.

My grandmother says that Thai herbal teas are healthy. I don’t have any scientific proof to back up her claims, but should we really doubt the wisdom handed down from our elders?

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Ingredients for roselle juice labeled: water, roselle flowers, salt, and brown sugar.
  • Roselle flowers – They’re full of vitamins and give the juice a ruby-red color. You can order dried flowers at Amazon or other online suppliers. Alternatively, you might get lucky searching for them at Asian grocery stores.
  • Brown sugar – Feel free to add more or less sugar to sweeten the drink to your taste.
  • Water
  • Salt

How to make roselle drink

Hand removing seeds from roselle flowers.

Step 1: Wash the fresh roselle flowers and take out all the seeds.

Roselle flowers simmering in a pot.

Step 2: Heat water in a pot over medium heat until it boils, then add the flowers. Let them simmer for 15 minutes.

Roselle flowers in a colander.

Step 3: Take the flowers out of the pot. Mix in salt and sugar with the juice until the sugar has dissolved, then turn off the heat.

Step 4: Chill your glass in the fridge before serving to cool it. To serve, fill a tall glass with cubed or crushed ice and then pour in the drink.

Kitchen tools

  • Tall glasses for serving
  • Pot for cooking
  • Colander

Thai roselle drink recipe Variations

Sparkling roselle juice: Simply add some sparkling water for a bubbly variation of this drink.

Honey-sweetened: Substitute brown sugar with honey.

Roselle tea: Enjoy this versatile roselle beverage as a warm tea during the cold winter days.

Mint: Add fresh mint leaves for a fresh note.

Storing Thai herb drink

Store your drink in a glass bottle or jar to keep it fresh. Make sure it’s tightly sealed and keep it in the refrigerator. It’ll stay good for several days. You can also freeze some of the juice in ice cube trays. You’ll get roselle-flavored ice cubes to add to your drinks later!

Frequently asked questions

Where to buy roselle plants?

Roselle plants are usually available at exotic plant shops and online garden retailers.

What is roselle used for?

Roselle is traditionally used in herbal teas, natural dyes, and as a flavorful ingredient in various dishes and drinks.

Where can I find roselle flowers?

You can find roselle flowers at specialty ethnic food stores, online marketplaces, or at some local farmers’ markets.

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Roselle Juice Recipe (น้ำกระเจี๊ยบ)

Pouring homemade roselle juice into a mug on a woven mat.
This roselle juice recipe is easy to make using fresh or dried flowers. It's a drink that's perfect for summer!
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Drinks
Serving Size 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roselle flowers
  • 34 fluid ounces water
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Wash the fresh roselle flowers and take out all the seeds.
  • Heat water in a pot over medium heat until it boils, then add the flowers. Let them simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Take the flowers out of the pot. Mix in salt and sugar with the juice until the sugar has dissolved, then turn off the heat.
  • Chill your glass in the fridge before serving to cool it. To serve, fill a tall glass with cubed or crushed ice and then pour in the drink.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Enjoy this versatile roselle beverage as a warm tea during the cold winter days.

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