Hibiscus tea recipe

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If you’ve never had aguas frescas in Mexico or in various Mexican grocery stores, you have a delicious discovery ahead of you. These are made in various flavors such as melon, tamarind, mango, etc., and it’s a bit like drinking the delicate essence of the fruit itself. This beautifully colored, magenta agua de jamaica is made with dried hibiscus leaves and has a slightly acidic, flowery flavor to it. It looks so refreshing and eye-catching when poured into a glass full of ice. Making it at home allows you to sweeten to your liking.

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 8 cups water
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Lime juice
  • Ice
How to Make It
  1. In the Instant Pot, combine the hibiscus flowers, water, sugar, ginger, and cinnamon.
  2. Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select manual and set the pot at high pressure for 4 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  3. Strain the tea into a glass pitcher and allow to cool; discard the flowers. Add lime juice to taste. Serve in glasses over ice.

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