Agua de Jamaica

Whether you call it Agua de Jamaica or Hibiscus Tea, this delicious, refreshing infusion is high in vitamin C and  may also help to reduce systolic blood pressure..


Rinse hibiscus calyces under cold water to remove any impurities, then bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of hibiscus to a boil, then remove from heat and add a handful of fresh mint and another of fresh stevia (or another non-refined sweetener such as raw honey or rapadura/sucanat)  to the pot and allow to cool to room temperature.

Add 2 quarts of cold filtered water, strain and serve in a tall glass over cracked ice.

9 thoughts on “Agua de Jamaica

  1. I L-O-V-E Jamaica! I sometimes will add a coupe of cloves & a cinnamon stick to the brew & I used to use Agave to sweeten, but now I will just go with Honey or Rapadura.
    It’s the best summertime beverage!
    Also, I shouldn’t mention (because I haven’t tried it it yet, but I made a Water Kefir with it! It’s prolly done ‘fermenting” and gosh does it look purty! Cheers!
    PS I love your blog, it inspires me to be a bit more creative with my meals! I wanna know who you cook for that you go to such lengths! ;)

    1. I decided to grow stevia this year (I gave up on the agave too) to see what all the hype is about. While it works OK in teas and infusions, I haven’t found much other use for it. I may try dehydrating the leaves at the end of the season, but I’ll likely stick with honey, rapadura/sucanat and the occasional piloncillo.

      I had the same thought with water kefir the other day while reading cheeseslave’s post about homemade soda pop- please let us know how that turns out!

      I cook for all my loved ones, here and gone :-)

      Thanks, Erin!


    1. Thank you, Clementina! The whole, fresh leaves seem to work pretty well in an infusion such as this.

      I need to try your recipe for horchata- it sounds amazing!

  2. I had to make this after coming across your site on tastespotting a few days ago! I found the hibiscus calyces at a local Mexican grocery store and I can’t tell you how delicious and refreshing it turned out. Thanks for posting your recipe!!

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