Monday, March 28, 2011

Hibiscus Tea

I love a cool and refreshing drink, especially on a hot day! This tea really fits the bill. Hibiscus tea is made from the dried leaves of the hibiscus flower. The taste most closely resembles a tart cranberry. I add cinnamon and brown sugar to make this tea truly unique. It's like nothing you've ever had. The bright ruby red color really makes it great to serve for any special occasion. And if you really want to kick it up...add a splash of vodka to each glass. Yum!

Hibiscus Tea

1 gallon water
9 Tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
6 cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup brown sugar

Add hibiscus flowers and cinnamon sticks to a large pot filled with the water. Bring water to a light boil, turn off heat and cover. Steep for 20 minutes.

Strain tea into desired container, add sugar and serve over ice.

Makes 1 gallon

Subscribe to Love Cook Eat and never miss a delicious recipe!

- Love Cook Eat


  1. Dear Cheri,

    I am living a somewhat spartan life and I eat only once a day. I have a lot of hibiscus flowers in my garden and was on the net wanting to know if I could pluck the flowers and boil them with my rice and eat when I came across your lovely blog. I shall be thankful if you could tell me if I could do it and is it only the petals I should cook or can the pollen grains also go with it? What about the leaves?

    Please drop me a line when you find the time. Meanwhile, with best wishes.


  2. Hi and thanks so much for checking out my blog all the way from Mumbai! How fortunate you are to have the fresh flowers in your yard:-) We are not as fortunate here. Only the dried flower petals are available in my area, so I can't advise you from experience. But in doing some research, I've found that you should use just the fresh flower petals and follow the recipe from there. Just make sure that your petals have not been exposed to pesticides. I would love to know how it turns out for you!