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Agua de Jamaica

This agua de jamaica recipe features an iced tea made from hibiscus—tart and deep red like cranberry juice. Add rum if you like. —Adan Franco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers or 6 hibiscus tea bags
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup rum, optional
  • Mint sprigs, optional


  • Rinse flowers in cold water. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups water, flowers and lime zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Strain mixture, discarding flowers and zest; transfer to a large bowl. Add sugar and remaining water, stirring until sugar is dissolved. If desired, stir in rum. Refrigerate until cold. Add mint sprigs if desired.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Tazo passion tea bags.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 67 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • cast_iron_king
    Aug 14, 2016

    Great refreshing summer beverage! Slightly tart but quite refreshing. I did use hibiscus tea bags instead of the flowers themselves. Adjust the rum to taste. Perfect for a warm evening on the porch swing!