I have always liked hibiscus tea. I am a huge fan of Starbuck's/Tazo's Passion Tea.When my friend Barb went to Guinea Africa she brought me dried hibiscus flowers to make some iced tea. I had never made tea that way and was excited to try it. I immediately loved it. I never went and searched for the dried flowers again, but always hoped some day to find some. Then this week while visiting my sister in WA, I found dried hibiscus for $5.99 a lb at Chuck's grocery store. Thrilled I bought a pound. Now, setting out to remember how to make it, I reviewed some things on line, and made my own recipe and I very pleased with the flavor!!! Some may like it sweeter, or with a lime squeezed in- but I like it just the way I described it below....
steeping the flowers 15 minutes, then straining into a bowl. Or if you have another pitcher, that would work too.
I throw out the hibiscus into the garden, they are good for compost. I have tried to make a second batch of iced tea with the already used flowers, but it does not work.Look at that color!! It is gorgeous!
Note- this is two cups of dried hibiscus photoed, I decided not to double, but to go one and half. So, this photo is wrong- I ended up taking out a half cup.
Hibiscus Iced Tea
- 1 cup (15 grams) dried hibiscus flowers
- 8 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup sugar
*note- I added some lemon sparkling water to my second cup. I liked the flavor and the fizz. So, that is another option too. Make it 3/4 tea and 1/4 sparkling lemon water.
There are many benefits of hibiscus- see this article https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/hibiscus-tea.html