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Agua de Jamaica served in a glass with ice and topped with a mint leaf.
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Agua de Jamaica (Jamaica Drink)

Agua de Jamaica is a sweet, slightly tart, and refreshing Mexican drink. This cold and crisp hibiscus tea is sure to hit the spot on warm days.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 75kcal


  • 12 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup Dried Jamaica flowers (or hibiscus flowers)
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • Add the jamaica flowers.
  • Return to boil for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and cover. Let cool.
  • Strain into a pitcher.
  • Press down on the flowers with the back of a cooking spoon to extract the liquid.
  • Add remaining water and sugar to the pitcher.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add more sugar if needed.



For a diabetic-friendly version, use Stevia instead. 
Agua de Jamaica lasts up to 5 days in the fridge. 
Other Steeping Methods:
  • Let the flowers soak in warm water for 2 hours, and it will turn out just the same.
  • Do a cold brew of the dried flowers overnight. Then take the leftover flowers and hot brew the second batch.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 3mg