- 2 cups freshly plucked hibiscus flower petals or 1/4 cup of dried hibiscus flowers
- 8 cups water
- 1/4 cup liquid sweetener of your choice (I use honey, maple syrup, or agave)
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 1/2 limes)
- Ice cubes (optional, for serving cold)
- Optional additional flavoring. You could try lemongrass, orange zest, mint, ginger, or ground cinnamon
- If you’re using fresh flowers, remove the green part of the flower attached to the stem and the thin thread-like tube in the flower’s center.
- Place the flowers in a pot with the water and bring them to a boil.
- When it starts boiling, turn the flame off and cover the pot.
- Add the optional additional flavoring if you’re using it.
- Let the tea steep for 15 minutes.
- Add the honey and lime juice and stir well.
- Strain the tea into a pitcher or a jug.
- Serve it warm or chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or two and add ice cubes when you serve.
- If you have access to fresh hibiscus flowers, remember to clean them well before making them into tea. Remove the stems, leaves, and seed pods and use only the petals. Use around four times as much as you would if you’re using dried petals.
- To dry your own hibiscus flowers, remove the stem and stamen from each flower, and cover them with a muslin cloth, placing them on a drying rack for a few days in a well-ventilated area. Store your dried flowers in an airtight jar.
- In general, you can enjoy one to two cups per day to enjoy the flavor and health benefits without risking overconsumption. Ask your healthcare professional if you have concerns about your personal situation.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Hot water
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: tea, hot tea, iced tea, anti inflammatory tea, healthy tea