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Hibiscus Tea Recipe (Agua de Jamaica) – Authentic Mexican Version

Hibiscus tea, also known as “Agua de Jamaica”, is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

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Hibiscus tea, also known as "agua de jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

Hibiscus tea, also known as "Agua de Jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

Other than horchata, hibiscus tea, or “Agua de Jamaica” as we call it in Mexico, is one of the most popular beverages that you will find in Mexico. It is made with dried hibiscus petals and can be served either hot or chilled.

In Mexico, it is almost always served chilled, and you can find it at almost any eating establishment throughout the country. It is commonly served with lunch or dinner and is a great complement to some great Mexican dishes, including the following.

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Hibiscus tea, also known as "agua de jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

Hibiscus tea is nearly as popular in Mexico as the famous horchata. It is honestly a very important part of the Mexican culture. That is true, even though there are forms of hibiscus tea that are made throughout the world, from Angola to China, Egypt, and even here in the United States.

Hibiscus tea is extremely easy to make. In fact, you only need three simple ingredients!

Benefits of Drinking Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea has lots of health properties that make it a great choice any time of year, including promoting better circulation, relieving constipation, and it can also help you sleep better. Those are some of the reasons that many people in the world drink it as a hot drink. Personally, I enjoy drinking it chilled because it brings back so many memories from my childhood.

So, How do you make Hibiscus Tea?

I said above that Hibiscus tea is very easy to make. Now you are going to see that I was telling the truth!

All you have to do is boil the hibiscus petals for 15 minutes so that it releases the flavor and color, and then, after straining the liquid, you combine that liquid with additional water, sugar, and ice.

Hibiscus tea, also known as "agua de jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

My abuelita had an alternate way of preparing the Hibiscus tea, which worked extremely well in the hot sun of Mexico. She always used to let the dried hibiscus petals soak in the water out in the sun until they were nice and soft, before straining the liquid and continuing with the process. She said that was the best way to conserve its health properties. Now, I’m not sure if it was her wisdom, or just that she made it with a lot of love, but I have to say that she always made the most delicious hibiscus tea!

Hibiscus tea, also known as "Agua de Jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

You can do it that way if it is sunny where you live, and if you have a lot of time, but if you follow the recipe below it will turn out delicious as well.

Hibiscus tea, also known as "Agua de Jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.

Hibiscus Tea Variations

Naturally, the most delicious and authentic way to drink hibiscus tea is in its natural form. However, there are some easy variations that you can make to it that are also quite delicious. For example, you can add some lemon juice, fresh strawberries or raspberries, a bit of orange juice, a leaf of mint, or even with mineral water! I suggest trying it as written first, but don’t hesitate to try out some other variations as well!

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!

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Hibiscus Tea Recipe (Agua de Jamaica) – Authentic Mexican Version

Hibiscus tea, also known as "Agua de Jamaica", is delicious, refreshing and a very popular beverage throughout Mexico.
Prep Time45 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: drink, hibiscus, mexican drink
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 215kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dried hibiscus petals
  • 2 cups of water to boil with the hibiscus petals
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 liter of cool water
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Add the dried hibiscus petals to a small pot on the stove with two cups of water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • In a separate pitcher, combine 1 liter of water with the sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove the hibiscus and water from the heat, and let cool for approximately 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, strain the liquid from the hibiscus petals and add the strained liquid to the pitcher with the sugar and water.
  • Add ice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Sodium: 21mg | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 10.9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 5.1mg
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4.86 from 14 votes (12 ratings without comment)
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Peter Rutherford

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

How can i make a smaller quantity? enough for maybe 1 cup a day, and a sugar alternative please...thanks as i was told this is good if you have chol...thanks

Mary

Monday 8th of January 2024

Jamaica is the calyx of the flower (neither leaf nor petals), you can get seeds and grow it in a garden. The petals are pink, the whole plant has a dark red cast to it. I am making this and mixing in 6 tablespoons of chia seed. Either I'll eat it as a pudding or mix in cold water for a beverage. I added a small amount of cinnamon bark and sweetened it with Swerve.

Jody

Thursday 24th of August 2023

Can you use stevia or another sweetner in place of sugar?

Linsy

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

I have, I just make it without the sugar, finish the recipe (adding ice and water) then we just add the sweet leaf stevia drops to taste (a little of the vanilla flavored one is good in it as well). I also like to use whole earth stevia and monk fruit blend sometimes instead of the stevia drops.

Maureen

Friday 21st of August 2020

Excellent recipe! I've made it a couple times already. I have often ordered it out, so great to know I can make it easily.

Mandy

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Add a stick of cinumum in the boiling water and you can drink it without sugar. You can also add apple cut in cubes. I hear also you can add peanuts ...

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