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Hibiscus Tea – Brewed at Home From Dried Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea has such a complex flavor that first time tasters will be surprised to discover that it is only dried hibiscus and sugar steeped in water.  Bearing no resemblance at all to lowly Lipton, Hibiscus tea more closely resembles a wine cooler.  The taste is familiar, but distinctly different: part citrus, part grape, possibly pomegranate, and a big dose of your garden when a soft breeze blows by.

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How to Make Hibiscus Tea

I got the idea and instructions for making hibiscus tea from my Taste and Create partner this month, Liz at A Whisk and a Prayer.  I had been talking about edible hibiscus the day before I got assigned to be her partner, so as soon as I saw this tea, I knew that it was what I wanted to make (and, of course, a cupcake that features hibiscus).

Hibiscus Flower dried Flor de Jamaica 8 oz From El Molcajete

To make hibiscus tea you will need hibiscus flowers.  You may be able to find them at a Mexican grocer.  After brewing the tea, you can use the flowers to make candied hibiscus flowers.  You can also use the flowers to dye frosting pink without food coloring.

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Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea has such a complex flavor that first time tasters will be surprised to discover that it is only dried hibiscus and sugar steeped in water.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword hibiscus, hibiscus tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 94kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers rinsed
  • 8 cups water divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan on high heat, bring hibiscus flowers, 4 cups of water, and sugar to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Using a colander, strain out the hibiscus flowers. Don't throw the flowers away! Save them to make candied hibiscus flowers.
  • Add the remaining four cups of water.
  • Stir and chill.
  • Serve over ice.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Hibiscus Tea
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94
% Daily Value*
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 10.9mg13%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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