Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Made from dried Hibiscus Flowers, this Agua de Jamaica recipe makes a tart herbal tea you can serve hot or cold. Sweeten Hibiscus Tea with sugar or honey.

Agua de Jamaica is part of a group of drinks called agua frescas, (“fresh waters,” in Spanish), that make consuming your daily requirement of water a little easier (especially if you don’t add too much sweetener)!

Just add boiling water!

Made from dried Hibiscus Flowers, this Agua de Jamaica recipe makes a tart herbal tea you can serve hot or cold. Sweeten Hibiscus Tea with sugar or honey.

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What is Agua de Jamaica?

Agua de Jamaica is a Mexican beverage made from water infused with dried flor de Jamaica, Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus sabdariffa). The drink is non-alcoholic and tart with a very subtle tang similar to cranberry.

You can find dried flor de Jamaica at your local Mexican supermarket, or you can find them on Amazon.

Mexican Christmas Punch (Ponche Navideño) is a warm, deliciously fruity, naturally sweetened punch perfect for cold weather and especially the holidays!

How do you make Agua de Jamaica?

Hibiscus tea is made like any other tea: by soaking the tea leaves (or in this case, the dried flowers) in hot water to extract their flavor.

You can do this by pouring boiling water over the top or combining the flowers and water in a saucepan and bringing to boil.

Once you’ve extracted all the flavor from the Hibiscus flowers, strain out the dried flowers. Add 4 more cups cold water to the remaining liquid and add sugar to taste (I like 1 cup of sugar).

Made from dried Hibiscus Flowers, this Agua de Jamaica recipe makes a tart herbal tea you can serve hot or cold. Sweeten Hibiscus Tea with sugar or honey.

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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Made from dried Hibiscus Flowers, this Agua de Jamaica recipe makes a tart herbal tea you can serve hot or cold. Sweeten Hibiscus Tea with sugar or honey. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword hibiscus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 48kcal
  • 1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers (flor de jamaica)
  • 4 cups boiling water plus 4 cups to finish the tea
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Limes for garnish, optional

To make Agua de Jamaica in boiling water:

  • In a large glass measuring cup, rehydrate the hibiscus flowers in 4 cups boiling water. Allow to sit for 60 minutes.
  • Strain and remove dried flowers. Stir in the sugar and 4 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

To make Agua de Jamaica on the stove:

  • Combine 4 cups water and 1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer until the dried flowers have softened, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Strain and remove dried flowers. Stir in the sugar and 4 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal

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  1. irene

    Can I boil the hydrated Jamaica again or is it just one time use?

    1. meggan

      Hi Irene, I have reused the leaves and the second time it is usually a lot weaker, but still tasty. You could try it and see what you think. If it’s for myself, I don’t mind the weaker version, but if you’re serving it for a party then you might want to start with fresh leaves. I hope this helps. I wouldn’t attempt for more than 2 uses. Good luck! -Meggan

  2. Jessica Ferrante

    For my daughter’s birthday she requested I make this drink. I have tried it once before from a co-worker and I did not like it. Your recipe is amazing. I made it on the stove top. It was so delicious, will definitely be making this again. thank you for sharng! I’m sure my daughter will love this tomorrow!5 stars

  3. Marie Pietras

    Thank you do much for the recipe for Aqua de jamican HIBISCUS TEA. My husband and I were at a furniture store and the sales lady we had offered us something to drink and it was this tea it was so good, I was what is this, That’s when she told us about this tea Since then I went to the store and got it I can’t wait to make this now. I’m going to do it with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange. Thanks you for these recipes I will be trying them..Have a special day. ..

  4. Monica

    I love Agua de Jamaica! I tried yours and it is so refreshing on a hot day – not too sweet, so flavorful! Thanks for sharing. This is as authentic as it gets!5 stars

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