Agua de Jamaica in Jar and glasses. Outdoor setting

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus water)

  • Author: Ana Frias
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 16 cups 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Aguas Frescas are classic Mexican drinks made out fresh fruit, water & sugar. But Agua de Jamaica is made with dried roselle hibiscus flowers infused in hot water and it’s just like making iced tea!



  • 2 cups dried jamaica flowers (also known as hibiscus or flor de Jamaica)
  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. In a large pot, place the 2 cups of dried Jamaica and 8 cups of water.
  2. Over medium high heat, bring it to a soft boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the sugar and stir well until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add the remaining of the water and let it cool (I let mine sit overnight covered on my counter since I like it to have a strong flavor!)
  6. Strain. Taste for sugar and water and add more if necessary.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice.


  • Serving Size: 8 oz
  • Calories: 57
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 5 mg
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Agua de Jamaica, Hibiscus drink, Agua Frescas, Mexican Jamaica