Agua de Jamaica in a pitcher with Ice

Agua de Jamaica

Agua de Jamaica is a refreshing sweetened hibiscus tea popular in Mexico and other parts of Central America, also referred to as one of the "aguas frescas" (fresh waters). An infusion of hibiscus flowers, sweetened with raw sugar and served chilled over ice.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword agua de jamaica
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 35 kcal


  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups water 1 liter
  • 1/4-1/3 cup turbinado sugar (or less quantity of honey or agave nectar)
  • ice cubes
  • 4 cups cold water 1 liter


  1. If you remember the night before, make some special flower ice cubes by placing one hibiscus flower into each compartment of your ice cube tray, fill with water and let freeze overnight.

  2. Bring water to the boil and once boiling add hibiscus flowers and turbinado sugar. Stir well to make sure the flowers get all wet and don't just sit on top of the water and the sugar dissolves. Boil for a minute or two, then add the lid and remove from the stove.

  3. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes (depending on how strong you like your tea), then strain the flours.

  4. Pour into a pitcher filled with 4 cups of cold water and plenty of ice cubes.

  5. Serve over more ice and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Agua de Jamaica
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.