Agua de Jamaica(Hibiscus Tea)

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 0 Mins
  • TotalTime: 20 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 3 cups water (boiling)
  2. 2 ounces dried hibiscus flowers 
  3. 6 cups water (room temperature)
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 to 2 cups ice (if you need to serve it immediately)

Instruction

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour 3 cups of boiling water over the hibiscus flowers.
  3. Let the flowers soak in the water for about 20 minutes.
  4. Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher. (Discard flowers or save for another purpose.)
  5. Add the sugar and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  6. Pour in remaining 6 cups of water and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar or water if necessary.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Note

  1. If planning to serve immediately, add only 5 cups of water and stir in the 1 to 2 cups of ice; stir until it is very cold.
  2. Flor de Jamiaca, otherwise known as hibiscus flowers, can be found in bulk bins or cellophane packages in most Hispanic stores or ordered online.
  3. Enjoy your hibiscus tea hot, if you prefer, sweetened or unsweetened.
  4. Add a little fresh-squeezed lime (or other citrus) juice when serving.
  5. Sweeten your tea with honey, agave nectar, piloncillo, or some other alternative to white sugar.
  6. Add diced fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, apple, etc.) to a pitcher of agua de Jamaica, similarly to how sangria is served.
  7. Mix your hibiscus tea with some other​ agua fresca (limeade, pineapple water, chia drink, etc.) in equal proportions.
  8. If those who will be drinking the tea are all adults, spike it with a bit of rum.Add a little ground spice to your hibiscus tea, stirring very well so that it dissolves into the liquid. Try this with a bit of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, or nutmeg- or with a combination of two or more of these. Alternatively, use leaves of fresh herbs (basil, mint, or rosemary, for example); blend leaves with liquid, then strain before serving. Or try this hibiscus tea recipe with fresh ginger.