Hot and cold hibiscus tea on a table
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Hibiscus Tea Recipe

A delicious and healthy, ruby red colored drink!
Cook Time5 mins
Passive Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: hibiscus tea
Appliance: Refrigerator, Hot plate
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup hibiscus flower (dried)
  • 4 cups water (filtered)
  • 1 tsp honey (or any other sweetener, optional)
  • 1 tea bag (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 3-4 leaves mint (optional)
  • 1 wedge lime (optional)
  • 4-5 slices ginger (fresh and peeled, optional)
  • 4-5 cubes ice (if you opt for cold hibiscus tea)


Hot Hibiscus Tea (Total time: 15 minutes)

  • 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 add a certain flavor to 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!
    Hibiscus tea in a kettle and a teacup alongside cookies and flowers

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 any spices of your choice, such as a tea bag, honey, lime, cinnamon, mint, or ginger to enhance its flavor according to your preference. 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 sweetener will not dissolve well in cold water.