Refreshing Hibiscus Drink Recipes

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Dried hibiscus blossoms are steeped in hot water and used to make hot & cold beverages in Latin America, West Africa, the Caribbean & the Middle East.  The resulting herbal tea contains vitamin C, may help reduce high blood pressure and is a delicious drink base. 

While you can drink the tea plain, we’ve also used it to create a cocktail and a non-alcoholic hibiscus cooler (recipes below).

Iced Hibiscus Tea (aka Agua de Jamaica)
Warning: Can stain clothing!


3/4 cup Dried Hibiscus Blossoms
1 ½ quart Water

1.  Wash hibiscus blossoms with cold water.
2.  Bring water to a boil.  Stir in the hibiscus flowers and turn off the heat.
3.  Let steep for about 15 minutes. 
4.  Strain out the hibiscus blossoms & chill the tea. 
5.  Serve with sugar & lemon wedges.

Hibiscus Tequila Gimlet Recipe
Makes 1 cocktail.


2 oz silver tequila
2 oz of hibiscus tea
¾ oz simple syrup
½ oz of lime juice
Handful of ice.

Mix all ingredients in a shaker.  Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a strip of lime or lemon zest.

Hibiscus Cooler (non-alcoholic)
Makes 1 cooler.


3 oz of hibiscus tea
1 oz lime juice
¾ oz simple syrup
1 oz soda water 

Mix the hibiscus tea, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker.  Pour into a tumbler, top with the soda water and a wedge of lime.


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Comments 5

  1. This stuff all sounds great!

    Does anyone know if all hibiscus blossoms are safe? And if there is any difference in using fresh vs. dried? Here in California there are hibiscus trees all around, blooming year round … so tempting!

  2. Love it! I have just made the Agua de Jamaica, but making a cocktail out of it is right up my alley. Thanks for the suggestions.

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