Hibiscus Iced Tea

Hibiscus Iced Tea is a refreshing beverage with a gorgeous ruby red color. Because of its tart flavor, it’s very thirst-quenching and will cool you down even on the hottest day! Only 3 ingredients and really good for you!

Hibiscus Iced Tea 3 glasses and pitcher

Hibiscus tea has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. In ancient Egypt the tea was served cold and used primarily by Pharaohs to cool off in the desert heat. 

This beautiful crimson colored tea is one of those incredible, yummy teas that is high on the list of healthy beverages like matcha green tea. It can be enjoyed hot or cold but I love it iced in the summer.

Hibiscus Iced Tea pouring into glass

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Iced Tea

  • Tremendously cooling, and helps to bring the body temperature down
  • Lowers blood pressure – reduces risk of heart disease  
  • Super rich in antioxidants – helps protect your cells and prevents damage from free radicals 
  • Immunity booster – stimulates T cells and B cells 
  • Lowers cholesterol –helps reduce blood fat levels
  • Removes toxins from body – improves liver functions
  • Supports a healthy balance of thyroid hormones, which improves your metabolism.
  • Caffeine free

Hibiscus Iced Tea overview

Ingredients for Hibiscus Iced Tea

The freshly brewed hibiscus tea is easy to make with just 3 ingredients, dried hibiscus flowers, fresh mint and maple syrup.

I buy these organic dried hibiscus flowers.  There is enough here to last a long time so plan on making it often. If you have access to a store with loose herbs you can purchase less.

Hibiscus and mint are a flavor match made in heaven. The fresh mint adds a sweet and refreshing taste.  

Sweetener is optional since the tea is naturally sweet. I add a little maple syrup but since everyone’s sweet tooth is a little different you can add as much as you like or leave it out. 

The dried flowers along with fresh mint are steeped in boiling hot water to make tea and then chilled to make iced tea. Plan ahead, since you’ll need time to let the tea chill to get the full flavor of the hibiscus. 

Hibiscus Iced Tea in pot brewing

How to Make Hibiscus IcedTea

Making this recipe is super simple!

  • Place the dried hibiscus flowers and water into a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Once the water starts boiling, switch off the flame.
  • Add mint and maple syrup if using.
  • Let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes.
  • Strain the tea.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  • Finally, taste and adjust. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add more maple syrup.

Pour into glasses filled with ice and top with lime wheels and sprigs of mint. 

This is a sweet, refreshing, and deliciously tart beverage. Served over ice, you’ll love it on a hot summer day.
 
Enjoy the iced hibiscus tea on its own, or serve it as part of a summer meal with classic cookout dishes like Grilled Porto Bello Mushrooms, Thai Chicken Burgers, Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad.

Hibiscus Iced Tea glass with mint

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Hibiscus Iced Tea


  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Hibiscus Iced Tea is a refreshing beverage with a gorgeous ruby red color. Because of it’s tart flavor, it will cool you down even on the hottest day! Only 3 ingredients and really good for you!  Feel free to scale it up as needed depending on how many people you’re serving.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 teaspoons dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups water
  • 35 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the hibiscus flowers and water into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water starts boiling, switch off the flame.
  3. Add mint and maple syrup, if using.
  4. Let the tea steep for 7-10 minutes.
  5. Strain the tea.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  7. Serve with ice top with lime wheels and sprigs of mint.

Notes

If you want it chilled immediately use 2 tablespoons dried hibiscus and steep 10-12 minutes, strain and pour over ice.

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Steep
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30

Keywords: Hibiscus tea, Hibiscus Iced Tea, Summer Beverage

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