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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 quarts 1x


Agua de Jamaica (a.k.a. Hibiscus Tea) is a popular Latin-American drink that also works well as a mixer for cocktails and mocktails.


  • 2 quarts (8 cups) water
  • 1.5 cups dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2/3 cup sugar (add more/less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange, lemon or lime juice (optional)


  1. Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Add sugar, and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat, then add hibiscus flours and stir to combine. Let steep for about 20 minutes, the remove the hibiscus flowers with a strainer. Stir in citrus juice if desired, then refrigerate. Serve over ice.
  2. *You can also make this as sun tea, and let the water and hibiscus sit out in the sunlight all day.
  3. **Also, this may go without saying, but be careful not to spill the drink on your clothing when making/straining. Those pink hibiscus leaves can stain clothes very easily!