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. 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.

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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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.

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

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Recipe updated on August 12th, 2019

Print the 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

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 (0 g)
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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Comiendo en LA
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Comiendo en LA

Fabulosa receta!! Me encanta la jamaica, además es ideal para dietas!!

Mayito Castillo
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Mayito Castillo

Se ve deliciosa y refrescante. Tambien tiene un color lindo.

Jessica H.
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Jessica H.

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

Cipote
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Cipote

We’re doing whole30 so I’ll use honey instead of sugar

Enriqueta Lemoine
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Enriqueta Lemoine

I love Jamaica, como me la pongan!

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Tiffany Bendayan
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Tiffany Bendayan

Oh my goodness this looks delicious and refreshing! perfect to beat the summer heat!

GiGi Eats
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GiGi Eats

Well this certainly does look like a refreshing sweet treat! 🙂

Ale
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Ale

Love jamica!! It is the best!

Dora Stone
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Dora Stone

Agua de jamaica is my favorite. Thank you for sharing!!

Blanca D
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Blanca D

We love agua de jamaica at home! so refreshing.

Mari Estilo
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Mari Estilo

El agua de Jamaica es una de mis favoritas, y siempre estoy buscando como hacerla.
Sobre todo porque soy muy olvidadiza…

Gaila Perez
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Gaila Perez

Me encanta el agua fresca, sobre todo con el calor del verano! Refrescante y sabrosa!

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