Jamaica, The Refreshing Hibiscus Flower Drink (Agua de Jamaica)

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Agua de Jamaica (pronounced Hah.my.ka), the hibiscus flower drink or hibiscus tea, is a favorite at parties in Mexico. It’s refreshing and delicious. Its rich, red, festive color goes great with any celebration. Learn how to make it in just minutes. Recipe and video below.

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus Flower Drink

Jamaica is made from dried hibiscus flowers. You can find them in Mexican markets or in the Hispanic foods aisle in supermarkets.

This is how they look dry and then cooked.

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Preparing it couldn’t be easier. Just be aware, the rich, red color can stain, so don’t wear fancy clothes when you are preparing it. And be sure it’s chilled before you serve it.

hibiscus tea - agua de jamaica in a glass

If you make this agua de jamaica, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

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jamaica pitcher hibiscus flower drink

Agua de Jamaica, the Hibiscus Flower Drink

It makes approx 18 cups

  • 2 cups dry Jamaica (Hibiscus) flowers from the market
  • 20 cups of water, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar

Transfer the flowers to a pot, add 6 cups of water, bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and let it simmer gently for 5-7 minutes.

Add the sugar, mix well until sugar is dissolved. Remove from stove and let it cool, approx 1.5 hours.

Using a colander, pour the Jamaica water into a pitcher, add 14 cups of cold water, taste, and add more sugar or cold water to taste.

pouring agua de jamaica or hibiscus tea in a pitcher

Chill it in the fridge or serve with ice and enjoy!

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Recipe updated on August 12th, 2019

Print the Hibiscus Tea (Agua de Jamaica) Recipe Below

Agua de jamaica, hibiscus flower drink
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Agua de Jamaica, the Hibiscus Flower Drink

Agua de Jamaica is a refreshing drink made of dry hibiscus flower. Is very refreshing and light. Ideal for family gatherings or Sunday brunch. 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Cooling time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 18 cups
Calories: 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry Jamaica Hibiscus flowers from the market
  • 20 cups of water divided
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • Ice

Utensilios

  • Colander
  • Pot

Instructions

  • Using a colander, lightly rinse the Jamaica flowers.
  • Transfer the flowers to a pot, add 6 cups of water, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer gently for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the sugar, mix well until sugar is dissolved. Remove from stove and let it cool, approx 1.5 hours.
  • Using a colander, pour the Jamaica water into a pitcher, add 14 cups of cold water, taste, and add more sugar or cold water to taste.
  • Chill it in the fridge or serve with ice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Agua de Jamaica, the Hibiscus Flower Drink
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 78IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Cold Beverages & Aguas Frescas
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: How to make hibiscus tea, How to make Mexican aguas frescas, What is Jamaica agua fresca?
Author: Silvia

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Ideasandcreams

Nunca había oído sobre ests bebida de Hovisco o Agua de jamaica. Debe de estar deliciosa , gracias por todos los pasos . Se la paso a mi sobrina le encanta !

Sofía
What a delight the water of Jamaica, I really want to make it is one of the best drinks to quell the heat. A hug
Yasmari Bello

I love the Hibiscus tea, in my country we is known as agua de Jamaica. We drink it either cold or hot but is delicious either way💜 I specially like it when it hot outside because it’s very refreshing.

Juani

I usually make hibiscus infusions; I had also made hibiscus margarita. I’m sure I’ll love it cold as well.

María

How tasty and refreshing is this agua de Jamaica! So far, I have made all the aguas frescas that I have seen on your blog and your channel and they are all delicious!

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