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How to Make the Hibiscus Iced Tea At Home: 3 Best DIY Recipes
You have probably heard about the hibiscus tea or have noticed this tea on the shelves of your local supermarket.
Have you ever heard that it is just as good when served chilled? The numerous researches show that this drink can greatly benefit your health by lowering the blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It is a natural herbal remedy that has been famous for centuries. Tasty and healthy, everyone can find a recipe to enjoy. The hibiscus tea served iced is just as healthy as when served hot.
The hibiscus iced tea recipes are quite varied originating from different parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Agua Di Jamaica
We shall start with the hibiscus iced tea recipe that is most famous in the USA and Canada. This drink is one of the “aguas frescas” sold in Latin America, the affordable cold fruity thirst quenchers sold on the street. Let us try the cold brew tea as it is much softer and needs no sugar.
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (you can use 4 tea bags instead)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
Place the petals, the cinnamon stick and water in a jar and put it in the fridge for 8 to 12 hours. Later sift the drink, serve it iced. The quencher can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. You can spice up the drink with dried ginger, star anise or orange zest.
In Egypt this hibiscus drink in famous under the name “Jus de Bissap” and is also very common as a mild remedy for its great health benefits. Follow the recipe to prepare this super healthy beverage.
- 2-3 cups dried hibiscus flowers
- 2 quarts cold water
- 1-2 cups sugar or any other sweetener of your taste
- teaspoon vanilla extract
- teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon orange flower water
Add the petals as soon as the water starts to boil and remove the pot from the fire right away. Let the red colored drink steep for about ten minutes. Than filer it and pour in the pincher, add the flavorings. Serve cold with ice in the glass. If you want it to taste zingier you can use half the water from the recipe.
If You Are Lucky To Have Fresh Flowers
Maybe you are one of the lucky people living in the tropical and sub-tropical area and the beautiful hibiscus trees are blooming outside? Those beautiful garden plans are very beneficial for your family’s well being. Why not make the fresh flowers hibiscus tea?
- Hibiscus calyces
- Boiling Water
Clean the calyces from their green lower parts and stamens. Only the petals are good for the beverage. Place them in the teapot and fill it with boiling water. As you pour water over the petals you will immediately notice that the water is becoming purple while the flowers are fading and turn yellowy.
Take the calyces out and add sugar while the water is still warm, mix it in. Add lime juice up to your taste. You will notice that the juice makes your tea turn pink. Prepare the tall glasses, put some ice and a few mint leaves at the bottom. Pour the freshly made tea over the ice. Decorate the glasses with tropical fruits to your liking.
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And you may enjoy the following great video about making fresh hibiscus tea out of fresh picked hibiscus flowers.
We bet from now on the iced homemade hibiscus tea will be your specialty.
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