Hibiscus Tea Recipe


Hibiscus Tea is a popular beverage around the globe, and its popularity is rapidly spreading in the United States.  The United States is a melting pot of cultures, and it is also brings together many different types of tea.  I will explain some of the various ways to prepare Hibiscus Tea in the next paragraph.  Then I have included two of my personal favorite Hibiscus Tea Recipes.

If you would like to learn more about the healthy hibiscus, I suggest reading my Hibiscus Tea Ultimate Guide.  It contains everything you need to know about Hibiscus Tea.

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I recommend speaking with a healthcare professional prior to consuming a Hibiscus Tea Recipe.  This version of herbal tea is considered safe, but it may interact with certain prescription medications.  I suggest consulting with a doctor for all forms of herbal tea.

Hibiscus Tea Recipe Preparations Around the World

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Around the world, it is known by several different names, and each region has a special Hibiscus Tea Recipe.  The Caribbean Hibiscus Tea Recipe is extremely simple; they boil the flower and add sugar, cool it, and call the resulting tea “sorrel.” In Mexico and Central America, it is an inexpensive drink called “agua frescas” which consists of fresh fruits or juice extracts. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is especially popular around Christmas where they add cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves. Jamaica flavors theirs with rum. In the Middle East and Sudan, they make their “Karkade” overnight in the refrigerator by soaking the dried leaves with either the juice of lemon and/or lime.  No matter what you call it, it is known here as hibiscus tea. It’s made from the Roselle plant leaves and calyx.  Not only does it taste delicious, but it has health benefits too.


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I have included two of my favorite Hibiscus Tea Recipes below.  I understand that everyone has different preferences.  I highly encourage you to experiment with the ingredients to create your personal favorite Hibiscus Tea Recipe.

Discover how these recipes can be used for Hibiscus Tea Weight Loss on my related post.

Cold Brew Hibiscus Tea

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Ingredients (2 Servings)

  • ½ cup dried hibiscus leaves “flor de Jamaica” (or 4 tea bags)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup simple syrup* (honey or agave to substitute)
  • Lime wedges (optional for serving)


  1. Place the hibiscus leaves in a large bowl. Add water. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours (12 is better).
  2. Add simple syrup to taste. Strain out the solids. Serve over ice with a lime wedge.  Store in fridge for up to a week.
  3. Optional: add a cinnamon stick to the bowl before refrigeration, add lemon or lime juice after.

*To make simple syrup: heat equal amounts of water and sugar until dissolved into liquid.

 Hot Hibiscus Tea

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Ingredients (3 Servings)

  • Dried Hibiscus: 3 tablespoons
  • Water: 4 Cups
  • Lemon Juice: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Cinnamon Sticks: 2
  • Sugar: 1 Tablespoon (or to taste)


  1. Pour Water (4 Cups) in your herbal teapot.  Bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and add the the Dried Hibiscus (3 Tablespoons), Sugar (1 Tablespoon) and Cinnamon Sticks (2) to the infuser section of your teapot.
  3. Add Lemon Juice (1/2 Teaspoon) to your teapot and steep on low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove teapot from heat and turn off range.  Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour tea into your desired teacup.  If you don’t have an herbal teapot with an infuser, you should pour through a strainer to remove plant pieces.  If desired, add additional sugar to taste.

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I hope that you have enjoyed at least one Hibiscus Tea Recipe that I included above.   Hibiscus has a flavor that is a tart-sour cross between a rhubarb and a cranberry. It mixes well with almost any citrus or flavor. Ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and allspice are also complementary flavors when added. Once you make the base brew, you can go ahead and experiment and come up with your own combinations of ingredients. You can also add traditional tea bags to your Hibiscus Tea Recipe to create a caffeinated tea.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  You can also post questions in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Hibiscus Tea Recipe: Comments

Do you have a Hibiscus Tea Recipe that you enjoy?  What other ingredients do you include in your hibiscus tea?  Please share your ideas with the HTH Community by posting a comment below.  Your knowledge helps enhance this amazing resource!

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