Hibiscus tea recipe - a revitalising tart and floral herbal drink that can be consumed hot or chilled. This wonderfully refreshing floral tea is fairly simple and easy to make with just 3 ingredients.
This hibiscus tea, also known as agua de jamaica, Zobo, karkade is an exotic ruby red-hued sweet and tart tea that is a great alternative to caffeinated drinks. This herbal tea recipe is made with minimal ingredients and effort.
Dried hibiscus is not only a great ingredient to make herbal tea with but acts as a fabulous colouring agent. I use it in rose syrup to get that bright red hue. Check out my rose milk tea recipe made with rose syrup.
What are the health benefits of hibiscus tea?
Hibiscus tea, one of the popular herbal teas, is a great source of antioxidants. It is widely popular for its ability to help lower blood pressure, control hypertension and boost metabolism. Consuming this herbal tea in moderation is generally considered safe.
What are the side effects of hibiscus tea?
Individuals taking medicines should consult a medical practitioner, as consuming hibiscus in any form may interact with certain medications. It is a herb that pregnant women should avoid because evidence indicates that hibiscus tea causes hormonal fluctuations that have the potential for harmful effects during the early stages of pregnancy.
Some people may suffer temporary stomach discomfort and nausea. People with diabetes and low blood pressure should monitor their blood sugar and/or blood pressure levels when consuming this tea. This is because of its ability to lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Hibiscus: Fresh or dried petals can be used. I've used dried petals that I have on hand.
Spice: Fresh ginger adds a peppery and spicy note to the tea.
Sweetener: I've used honey. But maple syrup, coconut sugar or any healthy sweetener will do.
Bring the water to a rolling boil.
Add the dried hibiscus petals, ginger and steep for 5 minutes.
Mix in the honey and enjoy.
A small piece of cinnamon infuses a warm and mildly spicy flavour to the tea.
A few mint leaves add a refreshing flavour.
You could add a few lemon slices or a dash of lemon juice to enhance the flavour.
A few muddled mixed berries make it a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher (a la Starbucks). It will not be a copycat recipe of Starbucks but a healthier version without loads of sugar and preservatives.
For vegan hibiscus tea, substitute honey with maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar or any other sweetener of your choice.
Store brewed hibiscus tea in an airtight jar in the fridge. This herbal tea stays fresh for up to 4 days. Later, the tea starts to lose its flavour.
The advantage of staying fresh for 4 days makes it a perfect make-ahead drink on summer days. Make a big batch and sip chilled herbal tea the whole day.
Steep fresh or dried hibiscus in water for 5 minutes. Remove the petals and allow the tea to cool down completely. In a highball glass, combine the tea and maple syrup, add plenty of ice cubes and enjoy!
No, unlike green tea, hibiscus tea doesn't turn overly bitter if it is steeped longer than 5 minutes.
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Hibiscus Tea recipe
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- 2 large Dried hibiscus petals
- 2 cups Water
- 1 inch Ginger washed, peeled and chopped
- 2 Teaspoons Honey
- On medium heat, place water, ginger in a saucepan and bring it to rolling boil. Turn off the heat.2 cups Water
- Now add dried hibiscus petals, ginger and steep for 5 minutes or more if you want intense flavour.2 large Dried hibiscus petals, 1 inch Ginger
- Pour hot hibiscus tea it in a glass, mix in honey and enjoy.2 Teaspoons Honey