Agua de jamaica- Hibiscus tea

I grew up drinking hibiscus tea, agua de jamaica. In Mexico, every meal is served with an agua fresca on the side, and if you open the fridge of any Mexican family, you’ll find a big pitcher of some type of agua fresca (a refreshing beverage) in there.

A glass of agua de jamaica, hibiscus tea

What is hibiscus -Flor de jamaica?

The flor de jamaica – hibiscus flower- comes from a plant that grows all over the world in tropical-ish weather. This flower has a trumpet shape and a deep red color. It is harvested and dried so we can make a delicious tea. You can drink hot hibiscus tea or cold. If you are making the authentic Mexican drink, you’ll use it cold.

Hibiscus is also known as roselle (Australia), sorrel (Caribean) , jamaica or rosa de jamaica (Latin America). In México we call it jamaica ( hah-may-kah) .

a bowl with dried hibiscus flowers

How does Flor de jamaica (hibiscus flower) taste?

Hibiscus taste is very complex. It is tart, sweet, and kind of cranberry-like. In a way, you know these flavors, and they might taste familiar. Hibiscus tea is caffeine-free, so feel free to taste it any time of the day.

What are the benefits of hibiscus?

It has a ton of SUPERPOWERS (benefits). Hisbiscus is known for its impressive amount of antioxidants, for helping out with blood pressure, and many more benefits.

So you have to prepare it really soon because this delicious and refreshing tea has it all: superpowers and taste.

How to prepare Agua de jamaica- jamaica drink (hibiscus tea)?

When you see how easy it is to prepare this refreshing tea, you will want to make it pretty often at home.

  1. First, boil 4-6 cups of water in a pot. When you get to the rolling boil turn the heat off.
  2. Add the hibiscus flowers and let it steap.
  3. Strain the tea and add it to a pitcher.
  4. Sweeten your hibiscus tea with sugar or the sweetner of your choice.
  5. Mix and serve.
adding sugar to a pitcher of hibiscus tea

Some Helpful Tips to make the best agua fresca

  • Where do I buy hibiscus flowers? Probably that is the question you have right now right? No worries, you can find it in a lot of places. Normally in the supermarkets, you will see it next to the dry chiles in the Mexican food section. In some places, you can buy it buy the bulk or you can even order some through Amazon or other online stores.
  • If you buy the tea by the bulk, be sure to rinse it before adding it to the boiling water.
  • When you strain the tea DO NOT THROW AWAY THE FLOWERS, they are edible and delicious. One of my favorite ways to eat them is in tacos, yes… tacos de jamaica with avocado slices.
  • Hibiscus tea “agua fresca” tastes really good when you combine it with:
Serving agua de jamaica to a glass filled with ice

Here are some authentic and traditional Mexican dishes to eat while enjoying a glass of fresh, refreshing drink:

So here is the recipe for this agua de jamaica -Hibiscus tea and I hope you like it. Please let me know if you have ideas, doubts, or comments in the comment section. Share the recipe and the blog and take a picture of your agua fresca and post it on FB or Instagram. If you want to make this recipe later, save it on Pinterest.

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Agua de jamaica -Hibiscus flowers

This is the typical and authentic way o prepare agua de jamaica- hibiscus tea, a classic Mexican drink.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 1 kcal


  • strainer
  • pitcher


  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 ½ cups dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or more to taste

For serving

  • ice


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Turn the heat off and add the the dried hibiscus flowers.
  • Let it rest for 8-10 minutes.
    Strain the liquid into a pitcher.
  • Add 2 more cups of water and the sugar. Mix and taste, adjust if necessary.
  • Add ice to the pitcher or serve in a glass filled with ice.



You could also save the concentrate in a jar or glass bottle with a stopper cap and prepare a glass of hibiscus tea each time.
You just add about one-third of a cup of concentrate to the glass, the sweetener of your choice, and more water. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 1kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgSugar: 1g
Keyword agua de jamaica, agua fresca, Hibiscus, jamaica drink, mexican drinks


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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