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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

This Agua de Jamaica recipe, also known as a Hibiscus Tea recipe is an easy and delicious tea infused with dried hibiscus flowers for with a lightly tart and refreshing flavor.

This Agua de Jamaica recipe, also known as a Hibiscus Tea recipe is an easy and delicious tea infused with dried hibiscus flowers for with a lightly tart and refreshing flavor.

Every once in a while I stumble upon a recipe that is so easy and delicious I just can’t contain my excitement to share it with you.

This Hibiscus Tea (a.k.a. Agua de Jamaica) is definitely one of those recipes!

While I’ve been working from home these past 6 weeks the husband has been (repeatedly) suggesting that I come meet him for his lunch break at this taco place called Chuy’s near his office. I keep meaning to go, but the light in my kitchen is best during the time he usually takes his lunch, and I just can’t waste the good light, you know?

Yesterday was my birthday, so we were out and about and happened to be near Chuy’s around the lunch time hour.

He’s been going on and on about the carnitas tacos in this place because of the awesome “bark” on the meat. According to my husband, the “bark” is the crispy brown bits on the outside of the meat.

Since we were right there, and I don’t ever turn down tacos, I agreed to hit up the taco place for lunch. I was surprised to find that it was located in the middle of a strip mall, but more often than not the best food can be found in the weirdest places.

This Agua de Jamaica recipe, also known as a Hibiscus Tea recipe is an easy and delicious tea infused with dried hibiscus flowers for with a lightly tart and refreshing flavor.

The carnitas were pretty much life-changing (yes, honey, you were right), but I’ll have to tell you more about them some day soon when I figure out how to re-create them at home.

Anyway, the point of this story is that while we were there I noticed a big jug of bright magenta liquid on the counter labeled “Jamaica.”

What is Agua de Jamaica?

I had to figure out what it was, and after a little research I found that sweetened hibiscus tea is commonly called Agua de Jamaica in parts of Latin America.

Hibiscus flowers are known simply as “Jamaica,” hence the beautiful name.

If you have a hard time finding hibiscus flowers to use for the tea, try looking in a local Hispanic supermarket (usually on the bulk or dried food aisle near the chilies), or ordering them online.

I get my Organic Dried Hibiscus Flowers from Amazon and they are incredible. One of these bags will last you a long time.

This Agua de Jamaica recipe, also known as a Hibiscus Tea recipe is an easy and delicious tea infused with dried hibiscus flowers for with a lightly tart and refreshing flavor.

Ready to learn how to make agua de jamaica?

Here’s the Recipe!

Agua de Jamaica Recipe (Hibiscus Tea Recipe)

This Agua de Jamaica recipe, also known as a Hibiscus Tea recipe is an easy and delicious tea infused with dried hibiscus flowers for with a lightly tart and refreshing flavor.
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Additional Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 90kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup honey - or sugar
  • 1 Lime - sliced or cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil, add the hibiscus flowers, and turn off the heat. Let steep 30 minutes, then strain out the flowers. Stir in the honey until dissolved. Chill.
  • Serve over ice with a fresh squeeze of lime juice.
Nutrition Facts
Agua de Jamaica Recipe (Hibiscus Tea Recipe)
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
90
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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