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Cool Jamaica (Agua Fresca) Recipe

Jamaica drink, also known as Agua de Jamaica or Hibiscus Tea, is a traditional Mexican drink made from hibiscus flowers. The drink is made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers in water and sweetening with sugar or honey.

Jamaica drink is a sweet and tart refreshing drink that is served cold over ice. It is a popular type of agua fresca and has a tart and tangy flavor that is similar to cranberry juice. Jamaica drink is a great alternative to soda and is often served alongside Mexican meals.

Furthermore, Jamaica is also known for its health benefits, which include lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and improving digestion.

About this recipe

Bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients, Jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah) is the ruby-red elixir that iis found at many gatherings. Here’s how to make this tantalizing hibiscus tea!

Flavor Profile

Known across the world as hibiscus tea, Jamaica is a staple in Mexican cuisine. This drink takes its vibrant hue and tart flavor from hibiscus petals.

Jamaica tastes like a zesty, tangy punch with floral notes. It’s the right blend of tart and sweet.

Why make this recipe?

  • Refreshing: Ideal for hot weather.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Full of antioxidants.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Perfect for gatherings.

Equipment Required

  • Pot
  • Strainer
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stirrer
  • Pitcher


  • 1 cup dried hibiscus petals
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice


  1. Boil: In a pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Steep: Add hibiscus petals. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain: Remove petals with a strainer.
  4. Sweeten: Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  5. Flavor: Add lime juice.
  6. Chill: Add remaining water and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Serve: Pour over ice in glasses.

How to serve Jamaica

  • Glassware: Serve in tall glasses.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wedge.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enchiladas
  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas

My recommendations and tips

  • Use organic hibiscus petals for a cleaner taste.
  • Adjust sugar according to your preference.


  • Fridge: Lasts up to a week when refrigerated.
  • Don’t Freeze: Texture changes if frozen.

Ingredients substitutes

  • Sugar: Use honey for a natural alternative.
  • Lime Juice: Lemon juice works too.

Nutritional Information


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make it ahead of time?
  • Yes, flavors develop more if made in advance.
  • Is it caffeine-free?
  • Absolutely, Jamaica is caffeine-free.


Jamaica is an experience. Its vibrant color and zingy taste make it a must-try for anyone interested in exploring Mexican beverages. Once you try it, you’ll find countless occasions perfect for its refreshing allure. Cheers! 🌺

Try alternatives: Horchata, Ponche