Hibiscus tea recipe - a revitalizing and delicious herbal drink that can be consumed hot or cold. This wonderfully refreshing floral tea is fairly simple and easy to make with few ingredients.
This herbal 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. Hibiscus tea recipe made with minimal ingredients and efforts.
Health benefits & side effects of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea, one of the popular herbal tea is a great source of antioxidants, it is widely popular for its ability to help lower blood pressure, control hypertension, boost metabolism. Consuming this herbal tea in moderation is generally considered safe.
However, individuals taking medicines should consult a medical practitioner, as consuming hibiscus in any form may interact with certain medications. Hibiscus is one herb that pregnant women should avoid because evidence indicates the hormonal fluctuations that have the potential for harmful effects during the early stages of pregnancy.
Some people may suffer temporary stomach discomfort, nausea. People with diabetes and low blood pressure should monitor their blood sugar and/or blood pressure levels when consuming this tea. That is because of its ability to lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Hibiscus Tea recipe variations
A small piece of cinnamon infuses a warm and mildly spicy flavour in the tea. Few mint leaves add a refreshing flavour. You could add few lemon slices or a dash of lemon juice to enhance the flavour.
Add a few muddled mixed berries to make it a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher (a la Starbucks). It will not be a copycat recipe of Starbucks but a healthier version without a load of sugar and preservatives.
Ingredients for Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus: Fresh or dried petals can be used.
Spice: Ginger adds a peppery and spicy note to the tea.
Sweetener: Honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or any healthy sweetener will do.
Bring water to a rolling boil.
Add dried hibiscus petals and steep for 5 minutes.
Mix in honey and enjoy.
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Hibiscus Tea recipe
1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml
- 2 large Dried hibiscus petals
- 2 cups Water
- 1 inch Ginger chopped
- 2 tsp Honey
- On medium heat, place water, ginger in a saucepan and bring it to rolling boil. Turn off the heat.
- Now add dried hibiscus petals and steep for 5 minutes or more if you want intense flavour.
- Pour hot hibiscus tea it in a glass, mix in honey and enjoy.
- Alternatively, let the tea cool down to room temperature, refrigerate for a couple of hours or until ready to serve. Pour over ice in a glass, mix in honey and serve iced hibiscus tea.
This recipe is a part of A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated by super active bloggers Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan on Facebook Group, wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month.
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