Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea)



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Yield: 2 quarts
5 Min
25 Min
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  • 2 qt
    filtered water, divided (8 cups total)
  • 3/4-1 c
  • 1 small
    cinnamon stick
  • ·
    few slices of fresh ginger
  • 2-3
    whole allspice berries, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 c
    dried hibiscus flowers
  • 5 sprig(s)
    fresh mint sprigs or 2-3 mint tea bags (yerba buena)
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla paste or vanilla extract (or a 1" piece of vanilla bean)
  • ·
    orange or lime slice, for garnish
  • ·
    mint sprigs, for garnish
  • ·
    ice cubes

How to Make Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea)


  1. Put *4 cups* of the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon stick, ginger slices and the allspice berries. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the dried hibiscus flowers and the mint sprigs or mint tea bags.
  2. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and discard the used hibiscus flowers, allspice berries, etc. Stir in the vanilla paste/extract/bean.
  3. Add remaining 4 cups of water (or if you want to chill the drink quickly, ice cubes and water) to the tea; chill.

    Serve over ice cubes with a slice of orange or lime and fresh mint leaves.

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About Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea)

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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