This hibiscus iced tea is one of those perfect summer drinks! It’s unique, super easy to prepare, and is definitely healthy and delicious! Whether you’re on a “me-time” break or you’re with some friends or family, this drink is absolutely great for celebrating the hot season!
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Hibiscus flowers are beautiful AND flavorful!
Hibiscus Iced Tea
This Hibiscus Iced Tea is a sweet, delicious, tart flavored tea that you can enjoy anytime. Its gorgeous crimson and deep magenta color compliments the light sour and sweet-tart flavor of the iced drink. You can serve this on hot summer days which makes it more refreshing, one sip at a time.
What Are Hibiscus Flowers?
Hibiscus flowers, or also called Sorrel, are large colorful flowers that are usually white, red, purple, and lilac. It has a lot of different types: some are used for ornaments and others, for cooking. That’s why, for this recipe, you have to make sure you get food-grade ones that are safe to eat and not sprayed with chemicals.
Edible hibiscus flowers are full of nutritious benefits. In fact, it’s a popular herbal remedy and an effective medical treatment in some countries. It’s filled with antioxidants and vitamins that can help relieve upset stomach, high blood pressure, fever, and bacterial infections. By making these flowers into teas and liquid extracts, it can be a perfect drink for diet and staying fit.
Beautiful and healthy – a perfect combination! And what more can I say? You should definitely try this.
Are there Health Benefits to drinking this Hibiscus Tea?
According to Healthline, Hibiscus Tea (or Sorrel Tea) has at least 8 health benefits! It’s great for your skin, is high in vitamin C, and has some great antioxidants.
Ingredients to make Sorrel Tea
It’s a pretty easy and short list for the ingredients.
Hibiscus flowers: You’ll need dried FOOD GRADE hibiscus flowers. Food grade is most important here. Organic is great if you can get them, but if not, regular ones will do just fine.
Candied ginger: This is optional but I loved the slight hint of spiciness the ginger gave to the drink. I used candied because that’s what I had on hand, but if you prefer not to have the added sugar to the drink, then you can choose fresh grated/sliced or even powdered.
Water: I used your plain old water from my fridge filtered spout. You can be as particular as you’d like with this; use mineral, distilled, filtered, or even tap water is just fine.
Honey: I used local, raw honey for my iced tea and I highly recommend it. Not only are you supporting your local beekeeper, but very often, the honey sold in the grocery stores is cut with cheap high fructose corn syrup and isn’t pure honey.
How Do I Make Hibiscus Tea?
1. Bring water to a boil.
2. Add the hibiscus flowers.
3. Add the pieces of sugared ginger.
4. Add the honey and mix to dissolve.
5. Stir all together and let steep for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
6. After steeping time, sieve the flowers from the liquid.
7. Taste the tea and adjust for sweetness.
8. Serve over lots of ice with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
And that’s it! You can check the full specific directions below in the recipe card.
You can serve this tea in a combo of half hibiscus tea and half flavored seltzer water. In this recipe, I used pineapple seltzer water that’s carbonated so it adds even more interest to the drink with the carbonation.
Use pineapple, mango, orange, peach, and any berry-flavored carbonated water. Using a lemon – lime soda would be wonderful with this as well. You can also serve the iced tea with pieces of fruit to infuse such as watermelon, berries, etc.
If you wanted to make it more of an adult cocktail, then you could easily add an ounce of light rum or vodka would be a nice addition.
Looking for More Drink Ideas?
Also, if you’re looking for more child-friendly summer drinks, try taking a peek at my 25 Ideas For Mocktails recipe collection!
Hibiscus Iced Tea can last on the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze it for up to six months as long as you put it in a freezer-friendly container.
Another freezing idea is to put the tea in ice cube containers, freeze it, and then place all the cubes in freezer bags. That way, you can simply add the cubes to a jug and let them melt. They’d also be great as the replacement for the ice cubes in serving, that way, regular ice wouldn’t dilute the flavor of your hibiscus tea!
When freezing, just remember to leave room in the freezer container for expansion as it freezes.
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- 2c Hibiscus flowers, dried
- 8c water
- 2 Tbsp Honey, raw
- 2-3 pieces of candied ginger, large
- lemon slices for garnish
1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add two cups of dried food-grade hibiscus flowers.
3. Add 2 generous tablespoons of honey
4. Stir all together and let steep with a lid on for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
5. After steeping time, line a colander with a cheesecloth and drain the pot, separating the flowers from the liquid.
6. Taste liquid and adjust for sweetness.
7. Serve over lots of ice with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
These are the hibiscus flowers I used.
Be sure to taste the tea after it's steeped to adjust the sweetness level. I prefer my tea a bit on the more tart side, but feel free to make it sweeter for your preferences.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 cups Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 20Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.