This sweet-tart Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus tea) is a refreshing drink for summer. It tastes a lot like cranberry juice.
Here in Tucson Agua de Jamaica, or Hibiscus Tea, is served at many restaurants. It's usually just listed as "Jamaica" on the menu.
It is pronounced ha-my-kah, but spelled like the country.
I remember the first time that I tried it. I fell in love immediately. It has a sweet tart flavor like sweetened cranberry juice.
Hibiscus flowers are readily available where I live, so making homemade Jamaica is a no-brainer. You may be able to find hibiscus flowers at your local health food store or you can order them online.
Another way to drink it would be to add some coconut milk or oat milk and some tapioca pearls to make vegan boba.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- It is sweet and tart.
- It is thirst quenching.
- It is simple and easy to make.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Hibiscus flowers: I found hibiscus flowers in the bulk section of my local grocery store. You can also order them online.
- Sugar: Adds sweetness. You could also use maple syrup, agave syrup, or simple syrup. A couple of simple syrup recipes that I've made are my Vanilla Simple Syrup recipe and Lavender Simple Syrup recipe.
Step 1: Boil water. Turn off the heat and add hibiscus flowers. Let it steep for 30 minutes.
Step 2: Strain the flowers.
Step 3: Add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
To make hibiscus tea (agua de jamaica) boil some water then add hibiscus flowers and let them steep off the heat. Strain and add sweetener.
For this recipe, I let the hibiscus flowers steep for 30 minutes. If you don't want it to be as strong, you could let it steep for less time.
Other Hibiscus Drinks
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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
- ½ cup sugar or maple syrup
- Bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add hibiscus flowers. Let steep 30 minutes.
- Strain and add sugar or maple syrup. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour over ice and serve.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.