Agua de jamaica, otherwise known as hibiscus tea, beverage made from dried hibiscus flowers. It is sweet, tart and a deliciously refreshing drink on a hot summer day.Jump to Recipe
Agua de flor de Jamaica, also called agua de Jamaica or rosa de Jamaica, is popular in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America and the Caribbean. The roselle hibiscus used to make the tea likely originated in Africa. In Senegal, It is know as bissap and is also the “National drink of Senegal”. In Ghana it is known as “sobolo”, and “zobo” in Nigeria.
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🍹The Food : Hibiscus Tea
Agua de jamaica means hibiscus water, one of several common agua- frescas, an inexpensive beverage, made from fresh juices or extracts. If you love strawberries, then check this Strawberry agua fresca, pretty pink drink.
I fell in love with the color of ague de jamaica, and wanted to try it. It is a simple, beverage to make. Additional flavorings like cinnamon, ginger can be added to make the tea flavorsome. The drink is a bit tart. Lemon adds a nice zest to it. If you love tangy and zesty drinks, this is definitely for you.
📋 The ingredients
- Dried hibiscus flowers, we get in all spice shops here. I got my stash from global village.
- Spices, i have used cinnamon and ginger in the tea.
- Sugar, to sweeten the tea. I have never tried with any sweetener.
- Water to make the concentrate.
- Lemon & mint , while serving the iced tea.
💭How to make the Hibiscus Tea
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions.
- Boil water with cinnamon, sugar and ginger. Add the dried flowers to the boiling water.
- Switch off the heat. Let the tea steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain the water and chuck the flowers.
- To make the tea, Take the concentrate in a pitcher, top it with ice cold water, lemon juice, stir well. Serve immediately with ice cubes.
- The concentrate can also be refrigerated to make tea anytime needed.
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📖 Recipe Card
Agua de Jamaica | Hibiscus Tea |Iced Tea
- ⅓ cup dried hibiscus flowers roselle flowers
- ½ inch piece of cinnamon stick
- 2 tso freshly grated ginger
- 2 cups water, 1 cup for making tea and other chilled
- 3 tbsp sugar or to taste
- juice of ½ a lemon
- ice cubes and mint leaves for serving
- Take 1 cup of water in a saucepan, add cinnamon stick, ginger and sugar to it. Let it come to a boil.
- Take it off the stove, add dried hibiscus flowers to it. Keep it covered. Let it steep for 15-20minutes
- After the said time, strain the tea to a pitcher, add another cup of ice-cold water and lemon juice. Stir well.
- Pour it in glasses, top it with ice and serve immediately.
- Alternatively you can store the concentrate before adding cold water as such in the fridge, and mix it just before serving.
- We absolutely love the tangy, zesty taste of the hibiscus tea, a beverage that truly captures all our senses.
This gorgeous looking hibiscus tea was loved by all at home. I made a large quantities of the concentrate and gifted it to my food loving friends too. Yes, they make a wonderful edible gift.