Dried Hibiscus Tea

Dried hibiscus petals and cup of hibiscus tea

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Steep: 48 hrs
  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Yields: 8 cups

Hibiscus tea is made from dried hibiscus petals and has been consumed for thousands of years. It is easy to make and can serve this hot or cold. While you can steep the flowers in boiling hot water for a few minutes to make tea (and chill it to make iced tea), this method allows you to enjoy the full flavor of hibiscus. Plan ahead, since you'll need to start brewing the tea a day or two ahead of time.

Hibiscus has a fruity, tart flavor and a bright red color. The sugar in this tea recipe helps balance out the tartness of the flowers, but it can be left out or reduced if desired. Additional flavorings can easily be added to this recipe if you like.

When cooking with dried flowers, especially hibiscus, remember that it will stain. It will stain clothes, countertops, containers, and more bright red if you're not careful. Keep this in mind when you are planning to make hibiscus tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hibiscus flowers (dried)
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated, add more or less for taste)
  • 8 cups water (cold)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Sift through dried flowers for stems and discard. Place dried hibiscus flowers in cold water and allow to sit for 1 to 2 days, or until the color has faded from the flowers.

  3. Strain the tea through a fine sieve and discard the strained flower pieces.

  4. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

  5. You can either heat the tea up on the stovetop or in the microwave and serve hot or serve chilled as iced tea.

Recipe Variations

  • Add lemon wedges or pieces of orange zest ​to the flowers to add some citrus flavor.
  • Add a cinnamon stick or slices of ginger to the flowers for a lightly spicy kick.
  • Swap the sugar for honey or agave for a slightly different flavor and make it refined sugar-free.

Tips

  • Hibiscus flowers can sometimes be found in health food stores, bulk bins, or Middle Eastern markets. You can also order dried flowers online.
  • You can store any leftover hibiscus tea in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.