How to Make Hibiscus Tea

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How to Make Hibiscus Tea - Holistic Squid Sipping a frosty iced tea is one of the simple joys of summer, and hibiscus elevates the experience to sublime refreshment. The dark blood red dried flowers are steeped in hot water yielding a seductively rich, brightly tart drink reminiscent of childhood fruit punch but so, so much better.

If you’ve ever had Jamaica (pronounced ‘ham-eye-ku’) at a Mexican restaurant, you most likely would have been served the syrupy fast-food version of this tea – yummy, but loaded with sugar and probably a bunch of artificial stuff. When I discovered that I could make this (tasting even better) at home for very little time, money, or effort, hibiscus tea became my new favorite thing. Oh, and as a bonus, hibiscus tea is high in Vitamin C and is said to be beneficial for circulation (it does look a bit like blood) and healthy digestion.

Lately my kidlets have been begging for kombucha from morning til night. We have a fairly strict ‘none past noon’ policy about the stuff lest any lingering caffeine keeps them wide-eyed past bedtime. So today I whipped up a pitcher (well a big mason jar) of hibiscus tea lightly sweetened with local raw honey to quench their thirsts on a lovely hot afternoon. Both my 5 year old and toddler approved with resounding glee.

For the grown-ups, a snip of mint and a squeeze of lime goes in if we have it, but either way this gorgeous flower tea tastes perfect when poured over a glass of ice.

How to Make Hibiscus Tea:

Hibiscus Tea Ingredients and supplies

Hibiscus Tea Method

  1. Bring half of the filtered water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add dried hibiscus flowers and turn off heat.
  3. Allow flowers to steep until liquid is a dark inky red.
  4. Add remaining two cups of cool water to concentrated tea before adding raw honey. (This will prevent destroying the good enzymes and probiotics in the raw honey.)
  5. Add honey to achieve desired sweetness while tea is still warm but not hot.
  6. Pour sweetened hibiscus tea into your serving pitcher.
  7. Fill glasses with ice, pour tea, and garnish with optional lime and mint.

I love using this tea to make my homemade healthy finger jello, and it also make great grown-up wine coolers mixed with a white wine over ice. Just be forewarned – hibiscus tea is dark red and will stain if spilled by kids and grown-ups alike!

How to Make Hibiscus Tea - Holistic Squid

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  1. Kerrie Arrow via Facebook says

    I like a hot hibiscus tea, and especially when I’m not well, it seems to boost up my energy and make me feel good..

  2. Deborah says

    I live in San Antonio now and I always see big piles of plastic bags of hibiscus flowers at the grocery store. Finally, someone told me they were for making a drink, so I bought some. Definitely an acquired taste.

  3. Yocando says

    Does anyone know if you can pick and dry flowers off your own plant. I have two different plants/trees in pots that I overwinter in our solarium for the past 3 years. They did come from a nursery/garden shop. If I can do you what when is best to pick them?

  4. says

    I have the hibiscus flowers steeping as I write! In Colombia, hibiscus or flor de jamaica, is also know for its dieuretic properties. I was just wondering…at what point do I remove the leaves? If at all? I know leaving in tea bags for an extended period gives tea a stronger but bitter flavour.

  5. Myra says

    I’m doing Nutrition Response Therapy right now and can’t have honey. I was wondering if Stevia would work.

    • says

      Hi Dawnnell, thanks for your question! I am not sure what the difference would be. Why don’t you try it out and let us know how it turns out?

  6. Rose Midsummer says

    Yes, hibiscus tea is quite common in my country, Singapore. We import them across the border, Malaysia, bcos they are grown commonly there. This drink is even more common in the middle-East. Before I got to know about hibiscus drink being so common in the middle-East and commonly grown in Malaysia, I thought I finally found a unique souvenir of hibiscus in syrup in Australia. Yes, I was stupid to have bought that expensive hibiscus in the jar in Australia.

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