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Agua de Jamaica Recipe

Easy Agua de Jamaica

Mitch and Justine
Agua de Jamaica is a tart, sweet, and refreshing Mexican agua fresca! Also known as hibiscus iced tea, it's made with just 2 ingredients!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Vegan
Servings 12 servings
Calories 60 kcal


  • Stockpot
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cups
  • Pitcher or large mason jar
  • Ice cube trays


  • 2 cups flor de Jamaica ($0.79)
  • 8 cups water ($0.01)
  • 1 cup cane sugar, or to taste ($0.05)

Add-ins optional

  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • Fresh ginger slices
  • Lime wedges
  • Orange wedges


  • To a large pot, add the water, flor de Jamaica, and any add-ins of your choosing. Bring everything to a low boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, shut the heat off, stir in the sugar, then allow the mixture to cool. The concentrate is ready when the flowers sink to the bottom.
  • Once steeped, pour the concentrate through a mesh strainer into a large mason jar or pitcher. Add another 3-4 cups of water into the jar (or to taste) and stir well.
  • Serve your agua de Jamaica in a glass full of ice. Squeeze a wedge of lime or an orange over top and enjoy immediately. Happy drinking!



  • Let the flowers sink: You'll know the tea is done steeping when the hibiscus flowers sink to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add sugar at the start: To better dissolve the cane sugar, add it to the pot while the water is still hot.
  • Save the flowers: Make flor de Jamaica tacos, quesadillas, or enchiladas with the steeped flowers. They make a great meat replacement!
  • Let it cool: Although it may be tempting, agua de Jamaica is best-served ice cold!
  • Nutritional information is a rough estimate and should not be taken as health advice.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on prices found in the top 5 U.S. grocery chains. As such, prices may vary based on your location. All prices are in USD.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.8g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 8.5mg | Potassium: 25.6mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 16.7g | Vitamin A: 27.5IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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