This pretty tea is a delicious treat in Summer when served chilled as iced tea although it can be served warm too. My partner’s Mum used to make this tea from fresh hibiscus flowers when he was young in Sri Lanka. Hibiscus tea has a tart cranberry-like taste that reminds me of Ribena that I used to drink growing up but without all the sugar! It’s a healthy alternative to soft drinks and cordial for kids. Hibiscus tea is caffeine-free and has lots of health benefits and antioxidant properties. It can help lower blood pressure and high cholesterol. It also helps raise the immune system, improve digestion and skin conditions as well as relieving anxiety and depression symptoms.
Hibiscus Tea- Ingredients:
7 cups of spring or filtered water
1/3 cup of dried hibiscus (I use Southern Light Herbs or Healing Concepts brands)
¼ to ½ cup of raw honey, coconut sugar, xylitol or your choice of sweetener
Organic blueberries and ice blocks to serve
- Place dried hibiscus and water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil.
- Turn the heat off and place the lid on the tea. Leave the tea to steep for 15-20 minutes.
- Add sweetener and a squeeze of lime. Stir to combine.
- Strain into a glass jug or other container. Add some blueberries and slices of lemon, lime or oranges. For iced tea, leave in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill. Add some ice blocks. You can also serve this tea warm. Enjoy!
Variations: Add 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks with the hibiscus flowers for a spiced hibiscus tea. Perfect for serving at Christmas time. Add soda water for a sparkling hibiscus tea. Basil, lemongrass or mint all go nicely in this tea too.