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Hibiscus Flower Tea (Agua de Jamaica)

Agua de Jamaica is a refreshing drink made from dried hibiscus flowers, water, and sugar. I like to add orange zest and spices to change it up a bit.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agua de jamaica
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 17kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1/2 cup cane or white sugar
  • 1/4 vanilla bean scraped
  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers plus a few more for garnish
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • In a small bowl and using your hands, mix together the vanilla bean caviar and sugar, making sure the vanilla is evenly distributed. Add the vanilla bean sugar and water to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the hibiscus flowers, juice from 1/2 of an orange and cinnamons stick. Cover the pan and allow the tea to steep for 15-20 minutes and until the mixture is a deep purple(ish)/red(ish) color.
  • Run the tea through a strainer, discarding the tea leaf mixture and transfer the concentrate to the refrigerator to cool. When ready to serve, mix in 1 1/2 cups water to dilute. (Note: I personally liked it slightly diluted; give it a taste and if you don't, then simply don't add the water.) Pour over ice, garnish with a few hibiscus flowers, orange slices of lime slices.


Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg