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.
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.
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.
Sugar: Customize the sweetness level by adding sugar to taste. You can also sweeten hibiscus tea with honey if desired.
Yield: My Agua de Jamaica recipe makes 12 cups of hibiscus tea, enough for 12 refreshing 8-ounce servings.
Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.