Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Hibiscus flowers, the blossoms and sometimes the calyce (extra tart flavored seed pod) of the plant species Hibiscus sabdariffa are used in many parts of the world (including the US, Africa, Egypt, the Sudan, Australia, Latin & South America, The Philippines, Haiti & Jamaica) to make a tart, vibrant red hibiscus tea, as well as for cold remedies and other health tonics.

In Mexico, hibiscus blossoms are called Jamaica, pronounced “ha-MIKE-ah”.

hibiscus tea

There is a popular beverage in Mexico called Agua de Jamaica, which is a strong brew of hibiscus flower tea sweetened heavily with sugar.

You can make your own sugar-free version of Agua de Jamaica by brewing a strong batch of hibiscus tea and sweetening it with the addition of a strongly brewed stevia leaf tea to your liking, or by adding drops of liquid stevia extract instead of the stevia leaf tea.

Hibiscus flowers are high in Vitamin C. A strong tea made from hibiscus flowers can be used as a laxative, has detox enhancing properties, can help soothe menstrual cramps, and has benefits for lowering blood pressure. In Cuba the leaves of the hibiscus bush are used to brew a drink for calming the nerves.

Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Pink Hibiscus Spritzer

- 2 cups of pure water
- 4 whole hibiscus blossoms or about 2 tablespoons bulk dried flower petals (buy either of these from Latino Markets, or a reputable herb seller)
- ½ cup strong brewed stevia tea, or liquid stevia extract drops to taste
- 2 cups sodium free seltzer water or club soda

Bring water to a light boil, then turn off heat and add the hibiscus flowers.

Cover the pot and allow flowers to steep for 15-20 minutes, but no longer. (If you want a stronger flavor, use more flowers, as longer steeping times may bring out a bitter flavor, as with many herbs and teas.) Strain the tea into a pitcher, then add the stevia tea or stevia liquid extract drops to taste. The blend should be on the sweeter side since you’ll be diluting it with the bubbly water. Let tea cool to room temperature, or chill it if you like.

Fill 4 glasses halfway with cooled hibiscus tea. Add equal amount of bubbly water and enjoy!

Or try serving over ice, and garnish with fresh mint or sliced limes.

Hibiscus flowers make great sun tea! Or you can actually make hibiscus tea just by steeping the flowers in unheated water for two days. Soak the flowers in cold
water, then simply strain the liquid after 48 hours without
ever heating it. You’ll end up with a nice result.

Makes about 4 servings

hibiscus tea

Sweet-Tart Hibiscus Tea Recipe

- 1 quart (4 cups) of pure water
- 8 whole hibiscus blossoms or about 3-4 tablespoons bulk dried flower petals (buy either of these from Latino Markets, or a reputable herb seller)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (optional)
- 1 cup strong brewed stevia tea, or liquid stevia extract drops to taste.

Bring water to a light boil, then turn off heat and add the hibiscus flowers.

Cover the pot and allow flowers to steep for 15-20 minutes, but no longer. If you want a stronger flavor, use more flowers (not longer steeping time), as longer steeping times may bring out a bitter flavor, as with many herbs and teas. Strain the tea into a pitcher, then
add the stevia tea or stevia liquid extract
drops to taste.

Serve over ice, and garnish with fresh mint or sliced limes.

Hibiscus flowers make great sun tea! Or you can actually make hibiscus tea just by steeping the flowers in unheated water for two days. Soak the flowers in cold
water, then simply strain the liquid after 48 hours without
ever heating it. You’ll end up with a nice result.

Makes about 4 servings

Cinnamon Hibiscus Tea Recipe with Lemon

- 1 quart (4 cups) of pure water
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon bark chips)
- 4 whole hibiscus blossoms or about 2 tablespoons bulk dried flower petals (buy either of these from Latino Markets, or a reputable herb seller)
-1 cup strong brewed stevia tea, or liquid stevia extract drops to taste
- juice of one small lemon

Bring water to a light boil, then turn off heat and add the hibiscus flowers.

Cover the pot and allow flowers to steep for 15-20 minutes, but no longer. (If you want a stronger flavor, use more flowers, as longer steeping times may bring out a bitter flavor, as with many herbs and teas.) Strain the tea into a pitcher, then add the lemon juice and stevia tea or stevia liquid extract drops to taste.

Serve over ice, and garnish with a lemon slice if you like.

Makes about 4 servings



Hibiscus Tea Recipe - back to Drinks & Tea Recipes Main Page

Iced Coffee Drink Recipes