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

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Agua de Jamaica (pronounced Hah.my.ka), the hibiscus flower drink, is a favorite at parties in Mexico. It’s refreshing and delicious. Its rich, red, festive color goes great with any celebration.

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.

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

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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

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!

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jamaica pitcher hibiscus flower drink

Recipe updated on July 24, 2018

Print the recipe below:

5 from 5 votes
Agua de jamaica, hibiscus flower drink
Agua de Jamaica, the Hibiscus Flower Drink
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Cooling time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Agua de Jamaica is a refreshing drink made of dry hibiscus flower. Is very refreshing and light. Ideal for family gatherings or Sunday brunch. 

Course: Cold Beverages & Aguas Frescas
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: How to make hibiscus tea, How to make Mexican aguas frescas, What is Jamaica agua fresca?
Servings: 18 cups
Author: Silvia
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry Jamaica Hibiscus flowers from the market
  • 20 cups of water divided
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Using a colander, lightly rinse the Jamaica flowers.
  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.
  5. Chill it in the fridge or serve with ice and enjoy!

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11 thoughts on “Jamaica, The Refreshing Hibiscus Flower Drink (Agua de Jamaica)”

  1. Oh, I wanna try this at home. Looks so refreshing! But could I use hibiscus tea bags instead of dried hibiscus flowers?

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