Hibiscus tea, also known as Agua de Jamaica, is an all-season beverage. You can drink it a steaming hot cup of hibiscus tea in winter to warm yourself and have it chilled in summer to feel refreshed. Cold hibiscus tea is easy to prepare but takes longer to steep. On the other hand, hot tea needs a little effort but is ready in minutes. Depending on the season, you may choose to prepare this non-caffeinated drink either way. The best part – both methods require almost the same ingredients!
Put the dried hibiscus flowers in a kettle or pot with a lid.
Boil water in a saucepan and add spices like cinnamon and ginger if you like. This will help flavor the water.
Pour the hot water over the flowers.
Remember, hibiscus tea does not contain caffeine. So add your choice of tea bag, in case you want to feel energized or need a caffeine boost.
Let the tea steep for 10 minutes or more, depending on how strong you want it.
Strain the tea into your favorite teacup using a strainer.
You may add honey, lime, and mint for taste.
Serve it with soft gingerbread cookies and enjoy!
Cold Hibiscus Tea (Total time: 10 hours)
You will need dried hibiscus flowers for the cold tea concentrate.
Pour water into a pitcher, add dried hibiscus flowers and stir well. You can add flavoring and spices of your choice at this time, such as a tea bag, honey, lime, cinnamon, mint, or ginger. Stir again.
Refrigerate it overnight. Cold water takes longer to absorb the flavor and color of the flowers. So, it is best to refrigerate the hibiscus tea for at least 8 to 12 hours.
Strain the tea using a strainer.
Fill the cups with ice cubes and pour the hibiscus tea over it. You can garnish it with mint and lemon slices. You can even add orange slices to give it a unique flavor.
For iced hibiscus tea, it is better to use a simple sugar syrup instead of honey. This is because honey, sugar or any other common sweetener will not dissolve well in cold water.
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