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Glasses of Agua de Jamaica on a tray with hibiscus flowers and straws.

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Made from dried Hibiscus Flowers, this Agua de Jamaica recipe is one of my favorite all-ages drink recipes and is a tart herbal tea you can serve hot or cold. Sweeten Hibiscus Tea with sugar or honey for a refreshing summery sip.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1 cup each)
Calories 64kcal


  • 12 cups water divided
  • 1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers (flor de Jamaica, about 2 1/2 ounces, see note 1)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or to taste (see note 2)
  • Ice and lime wedges, for serving, optional


  • In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups water and 1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the dried flowers have softened, about 15 minutes.
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove dried flowers, pressing down on them to extract as much liquid as possible (you will have about 3 cups liquid).
  • Stir in sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a large pitcher and stir in remaining 8 cups cold water. Serve over ice with lime wedges if desired.


  1. Dried Hibiscus Flowers (Flor de Jamaica): Look for dried flor de Jamaica at your local international or Mexican supermarket or order them online. Use a food scale to measure out 2 1/2 ounces for this recipe, or you can roughly estimate by scooping up 1 1/2 dry cups.
  2. Sugar: Customize the sweetness level by adding sugar to taste. You can also sweeten hibiscus tea with honey if desired.
  3. Yield: My Agua de Jamaica recipe makes 12 cups of hibiscus tea, enough for 12 refreshing 8-ounce servings.
  4. Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.03mg