Jamaica Tea (Agua de Jamaica) Iced Hibiscus Tea Recipe

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homemade Agua de Jamaica recipe
Hibiscus Iced Tea

 

The sunny days of summer draw to an end, but this magic potion will prolong the beautiful season in your mouth. I discovered hibiscus flower tea, also known as Agua de Jamaica, in Guatemala. There, Guatemalans are so fond of it that it is possible to buy instant envelopes resembling American kool-aid at the grocery store. It’s not really that hard to make a homemade version actually it’s quite easy,  just infuse the dried hibiscus flowers the same way you make a tea, sweeten it and then serve it cold like a lemonade. The red color is beautiful and the slightly tart taste is highly refreshing.

If you like Mexican cuisine, this recipe for Jamaican water is basic in your repertoire. It is one of the best known fresh waters of our country and one of the richest.

There’s no soda in my house. Not when I was a girl, not now married. Actually, I don’t really like soda very much. Instead of drinking soda in my house we drink natural homemade drinks or plain fresh water(filtered).

You’ll fall in love with Jamaica Tea (Agua de Jamaica)

 

There’s nothing like a delicious fresh Jamaican tea or “Jamaica water” (this and horchata are my favorites) in a hot summer day. It is very easy to make and really tastes like heaven. Also, it’s much better for your health than soft soda drinks.

You can use the Jamaican flower again for a second infusion with hot water, only thing is the liquor will be lighter in color and not so concentrated, but still with a lot of the beneficial nutrients not extracted during the first infusion. Or you can make some Jamaican flower tacos, my favorite way of using it.

 

Just cook the chopped flower with tomato, onion, chili and make taquitos. Serve with sauce and you can’t imagine how rich they are! I’ll leave you this refreshing recipe.

If you want more refreshing drinks recipes check out my collection of drinks or cocktail recipes, where I share many of my favorite beverage recipes, from Lemonade, horchata water, mango water, watermelon water, pink or strawberry lemonade, papaya water and many more!

 

It makes you dream about turquoise beaches with beautiful white sand and crystal clear water and blue sky:

 

exotic jamaica beach sand

But you should know that contrary to what the name suggests, this drink is not originally from Jamaica, but from Mexico. Now you probably should start dreaming of this instead:

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Puerto morelos beach in Mexico
Puerto morelos beach in Mexico

 

Which is still quite wonderful place to visit or just dream about if you ask me, though 🙂

What is Jamaican flower aka Hibiscus?

 

Also known as the Jamaican Rose, Roselle or Jamaican flower, it is a flower of African origin (Hibiscus sabdariffa) of the Malvaceae family. It can be used both in cold drinks like this Jamaican water, and in hot drinks like Jamaican tea.

It has a slightly sour taste, similar to that of blueberry, so it is added sugar to soften it. Once sweet it tastes fresh and exquisite.

As mentioned, Agua de jamaica aka Jamaica water or hibiscus water is an infusion based on hibiscus flower. You can brew it in hot water like a tea or make a cold brew, which would result in slightly weaker extraction, but it’s still very nice to drink.

Have you tried Jamaica water? It’s refreshing and will fill your table with color. Here I show you how to do it easily.

Step by step recipe is given further below. Enjoy!

Jamaica water is a very popular, delicious and refreshing drink, which can never be missed at Mexican parties.

Its beautiful red color, goes very well with decorations, especially in those where we need water of three colors (colors of the Mexican flag) green, white and red.

Generally Green is lemon/lime water, white is horchata water and Red is Jamaican water.

 

Where To Buy hibiscus flower?

If you live in Mexico you can find it in any supermarket or market nearby.

If you live in the United States, you can find Jamaican flowers in Mexican markets or in other supermarkets in the Spice area or near the fruit and vegetable area, usually sold in bulk.

You can also find it packaged in plastic bags in the Hispanic food area. Also known as hibiscus flower.

If you have not seen the flower of jamaica before here I show you how it looks dry and how it looks cooked.

Preparing this delicious water is very easy, but I warn you, red can stain your clothes, so do not wear your favorite clothes when preparing it.

And please make sure it’s cold before serving. In fact, I recommend that you prepare it a day in advance. You can cook jamaica, add the sugar and store the concentrate in the refrigerator, the next day you just need to mix it with the water.

hibiscus flowers in bowl

 

Dried hibiscus flowers are found in some specialized or exotic grocery stores (African or health stores for example). Do not hesitate to change the amounts of sugar according to your taste. You can replace Brown Sugar with white sugar or agave syrup for a 100% Mexican drink!

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It was during a trip to Mexico that I discovered this very refreshing drink with the flower of “jamaica” better known as hibiscus flower in rest of the world. With this sudden rise in heat, I wanted to offer you a simple and original alternative to change traditional iced teas or other lemonades.

 

Easy Homemade Agua de Jamaica (Jamaica water) Hibiscus flower Tea Recipe

 

Yield: 18 cups

Preparation time: 5 minutes

From beginning to end: approximately 2 hours (with 1.5 hours of rest)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried orfanic hibiscus flower (found in some grocery stores, grocery stores offering Latin American products and bulk spice stores)
  • ¾ Cup of sugar(or honey)
  • Water

Method

  1. In a large pan or pot, put 4-6 cups of water and sugar.
  2. When it begins to boil, lower the heat and let it simmer gently for 5-7 minutes until the sugar is melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add hibiscus flowers. Let it infuse for about 20 minutes.
  4. Strain and keep only the concentrate in a pitcher. Add 4 cups of water, or more depending on your taste, to dilute the concentrate.
  5. Add the sugar, mix well. Remove from heat and let cool for about 1.5 hours.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then add some ice and enjoy!
  7. Some people like to add orange and lime slices when serving or use sparkling water to make it a fizzy drink version.

 

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Jamaica Tea (Agua de Jamaica) Iced Hibiscus Tea Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried orfanic hibiscus flower (found in some grocery stores, grocery stores offering Latin American products and bulk spice stores)
  • ¾ Cup of sugar(or honey)
  • Water
Instructions
  1. In a large pan or pot, put 4-6 cups of water and sugar.
  2. When it begins to boil, lower the heat and let it simmer gently for 5-7 minutes until the sugar is melted. Remove from heat and add hibiscus flowers. Let it infuse for about 20 minutes.
  3. Strain and keep only the concentrate in a pitcher. Add 4 cups of water, or more depending on your taste, to dilute the concentrate.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. When serving, pour into a glass with some ice.
 

Have you tried making this exotic Agua de Jamaica drink at home? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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