Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

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Agua de Jamaica is a sweet, tart, delicious, and refreshing tea.

agua de Jamaica hibiscus tea in a glass and mason jar


Jamaica is pronounced (Ha-mike-ah) — not Jamaica, the Caribbean Island. In Mexico, agua de jamaica is served like we serve and drink iced tea in America. Its gorgeous ruby red color is enticing enough and once you add some ice cubes, this refreshing tea will taunt you to no end.

Spring is in the air and this light and thirst quenching drink is a nice change after all those heavy and thick winter drinks – it’s a welcoming change. My kids love this drink too; it’s like kool-aid for them.

dried hibiscus flowers to make Agua de Jamaica


To make this tea you need flor de jamaica (dried hibiscus flowers), which can be found in a Latin super market or online. It is very rare to find them at a general grocery store.

Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

This tea is a great diuretic, it is loaded with Vitamin C, and can even lower blood pressure.

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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

This tea is a great diuretic, it is loaded with Vitamin C, and can even lower blood pressure. A sweet, tart, delicious, and refreshing tea.
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  • Rinse and drain the dried hibiscus flowers in a large colander.
  • Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add the flowers and cover tightly with a lid. Remove from the heat and steep for 1 hour or until cool.
  • Strain hibiscus water into a pitcher and discard flowers. Add sugar and stir. Refrigerate until time to serve. Ladle into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves (optional).


Serve well chilled. You can also freeze some of the mixture in popsicle molds to make hibiscus paletas! 


Calories: 126kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 7mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 233IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 7mg

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