Hibiscus tea, with its tart and tangy flavor, is a great go-to tea to have on hand all year round. Hibiscus or Roselle (the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant) is one of my favorite edible flowers and can be used in a variety of recipes from honey syrups, to mocktails, and even a delicious chutney. So what’s all the buzz about hibiscus and why should you be drinking it?
Intersting Facts Hibiscus Tea
- Can help with high blood pressure
- Hibiscus is a great source of Vitamin C
- “In African folk medicine it has been used for its… antibacterial properites.”
- Hibiscus flowers are great for attracting hummingbirds and pollinators.
- “Pregnant and lactating women should avoid hibiscus teas, foods or other herbal preparations.”
Hibiscus Honey Syrup
1 c honey
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, water, and dried hibiscus flowers. Bring syrup to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain hibiscus flowers. Allow syrup to cool completely before using. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator.
Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
The Hibiscus tea honey syrup is also a great addition to our Summer Lemonade Recipe.
Basic Iced Hibiscus Tea Cooler
1 tbsp honey hibiscus syrup
12 oz grapefruit sparkling water (you can use any flavor you like)
Fresh mint, lime wedge, + edible flower sprinkles for garnish
For a hot version, switch out the sparkling water for hot filtered water.
In a 16 ounce glass, add hibiscus honey syrup, fill with ice, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint, lime wedge, and edible flower sprinkles.
Fancy AF Hibiscus Cooler
1 tablespoon hibiscus honey syrup
15 fresh mint leaves
juice from half a lime
12 ounces grapefruit sparkling water (you can use any flavor you like)
fresh mint, lime wedge + edible flower sprinkles (optional)
In a 16 ounce glass, add hibiscus honey syrup, lime juice, and mint leaves. With a muddler, gently crush mint leaves, syrup + lime juice. Fill glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint, lime wedge, and edible flower sprinkles.