Agua de Jamaica

The hibiscus flower can easily be appreciated not only for its beauty but also for its healthy properties. As tea, it has become very popular around the world and has recently stirred up a whirlwind in the world of herbal medicine because of its high content of Vitamin C and minerals such as Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and organic acids. Hibiscus is also a potent source of dark red polyphenols and flavanoids–antioxidants that protect the areas where free radicals cause damage. The beautiful flower and tea is not only appealing to the eye, but also to the taste buds and is a satiating beverage cold or hot.


  • ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 quart water
  • Sugar or honey to taste
  • Ice


  1. In a large glass sun tea pitcher, combine the water and the dried hibiscus flowers.
  2. Place outside in a sunny location for 5 to 6 hours or until the water has turned a deep red color.
  3. Remove the flowers and add sugar or honey to taste. Refrigerate and serve over ice.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint or lemon slices (optional).

Summer 2012

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