Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea) + Video
Agua de Jamaica is one of Mexico’s most popular agua frescas. It is a great diuretic that is full of Vitamin C and can even lower blood pressure. This refreshing Hibiscus Tea is sweet, tart, and delicious!
What Is Agua de Jamaica?
Jamaica is pronounced (Ha-mike-ah) — not Jamaica, the Caribbean Island. In Mexico, they serve agua de jamaica just like we serve and drink iced tea in America. In addition, its gorgeous ruby red color is absolutely enticing!
Once you add some ice cubes, this refreshing tea will taunt you to no end.
Light Hibiscus Tea
This light and thirst quenching drink is a great alternative to heavier drinks. My kids love this drink; it’s like kool-aid for them.
You will love this agua fresca, too!
Nevertheless, traditional Agua de Jamaica is fairly sweet, but you can control the sweetness by adding a bit less sugar as you add water. Bare in mind that adding ice to the tea in the end will take away some sweetness, too.
Where to Find Dried Hibiscus Flowers
In fact, it is very rare to find them at a general grocery store, so if you do, you’ll be very lucky!
Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
This tea is incredibly healthy. It is a great diuretic, it is full of Vitamin C and can even lower blood pressure.
For an extra bit of flavor and health benefits, you can also infuse this agua de jamaica with canela (cinnamon), similar to this Hibiscus-Cinnamon Tea. It is fragrant and so flavorful. Enjoy!
Watch my video to learn how to make Agua de Jamaica.
Love Agua Frescas? Try these:
- Agua Fresca de Pepino – Cucumber Lime Cooler
- Pineapple Cooler – Agua de Piña
- Agua de Sandia
- Spiked Aguas Frescas
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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
- 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, more if desired
- 6 cups water
- Mint leaves, optional
- 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.
- Taste tea, and add more sugar or dilute with water to your liking.
- Ladle into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves or lime slices (optional).
- Serve Agua de Jamaica in a vitrolero (glass barrel jar) or beverage dispenser filled will ice or feel free to store and serve in a pitcher.
- You can freeze some of the mixture in popsicle molds to make Hibiscus Paletas!
- This Agua de Jamaica can also be brewed with canela (cinnamon) to make Hibiscus-Cinnamon Tea.
- Make Jamaica Margaritas with tequila, lime juice, and a drizzle of agave.
- Garnish with mint leaves, lime slices, or a cinnamon stick.
Photography by Jenna Sparks.