Agua de Jamaica (Iced Hibiscus Tea)


This hibiscus drink is served throughout Mexico. It is nice and refreshing. It is similar to a tart cranberry tea drink. You may add more or less sugar to your taste if you prefer. Enjoy!

Iced Hibiscus Tea
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 gallon


  • 6 cups water

  • 2 cups dried hibiscus petals

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch ground allspice

  • ½ cup chopped piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar cones)

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar


  1. Place 6 cups of water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in the hibiscus petals, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Reduce heat to medium-low, and gently simmer until the water has turned a deep red, 30 to 45 minutes.

  2. Stir the chopped piloncillo into the hibiscus water until dissolved, then set aside to cool 15 minutes. After cooling, strain the warm liquid into a 1 gallon pitcher through a wire mesh strainer. Squeeze as much liquid from the petals as you can, then discard the petals. Stir in the white sugar until dissolved, then pour in enough cold water to fill the pitcher. Serve immediately or let stand overnight for best taste.


If you can't find piloncillo, add the white sugar as directed and then sweeten to taste with brown sugar or additional white sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
25g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 25g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Potassium 4mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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