Hibiscus Tea Three Ways
No matter how you drink it, hot or cold, with ginger or not, using the whole flowers makes this deeply flavorful infusion refreshing any time of year.
Hibiscus Tea Three Ways
No matter how you drink it, hot or cold, with ginger or not, using the whole flowers makes this deeply flavorful infusion refreshing any time of year.
Servings Prep Time
2quarts 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
2quarts 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
Hot steeping
  1. Quickly rinse the flowers under cool water. Heat half the water and all the sugar in a medium sauce pan.
  2. If using hardier aromatics like cinnamon, ginger, allspice, or vanilla bean pods, go ahead and add them to the water while it's heating.
  3. Once the water comes to a boil, remove from heat and add the hibiscus flowers (and delicate aromatics like herbs, if using). Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain into a pitcher and add the remaining water. Now's when to add any juices you'd like, such as lime juice, lemon juice, or orange blossom water.
Cold Brew
  1. Combine hibiscus flowers, sugar, aromatics (but not juices) in a large container, then add water. Store in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours, then strain out the solids. Add desired juices, then enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Because hibiscus flowers grow all around the world in temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions, hibiscus tea is popular pretty much everywhere, with hundreds of local variations.