Hibiscus tea/Health drink

Hibiscus, the tropical flower that blooms in the heat of summer is nature’s amazing gift. I have heard of hibiscus tea and its benefits. Normally, it is made using red hibiscus flowers. There is a pink variety growing in my yard with a crown of vibrant flowers. I am sure the nutrients and quality of all flowers are the same except the pigments. So I decided to make a tea using those flowers.

Hibiscus teaHibiscus tea is made using red flowers called red sorrel or roselle, that are dried. I did not have the patience to wait for my pink flowers to dry completely, so used them after drying for 2 days. I have left some more flowers to dry in my basement for future use.


  • 8-10 dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups boiled water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 lime to juice
  1. Rinse the dried hibiscus flowers in water.
  2. Take the boiled water in a pot, add the flowers and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the water from the pot into cups.
  4. Stir in maple syrup to sweeten it.
  5. Squeeze lime juice until it changes color.
  6. Add any other flavorings (if desired).

The other ingredients to brighten it would be ginger, mint, lemon juice or orange flower water. I have to try it in different combinations soon.

hibiscus steepedI did not start this experiment with a proper recipe, thinking it would taste good on its own. NO…not exactly! Let me talk about the issues I faced. When I dropped the flowers in hot water and as it was steeping, the tea turned black, to my utter dismay. Maybe, pink flowers are not as good as red…I was confused! I added maple syrup to make it sweet. Still, something was missing. It didn’t have a punch and the color was…blah! Then, I added a few drops of lime juice. Tada…it was like adding phenolphthalein indicator in a chemistry lab while doing titration. The color changed and on adding more juice it turned to a delicate pink. I wanted to run around the town screaming, ‘Eureka’! Instead, I sat down and enjoyed my drink.

Hibiscus flower teaHibiscus tea known as Karkadรฉ, in Arabic, is popular in the Arab world, Northern parts of Africa and Caribbean countries. It lowers blood pressure, stomach irritations, circulatory, excretory and respiratory disorders. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C and treats loss of appetite, boosts energy, combats fatigue and stress. No wonder it was a favorite drink of the pharaohs of Egypt.

healthy teaDrink it hot or after it cools down completely. Add ice to chill it as a summer drink. It tastes good with the maple and lime flavors. A pinch of salt would kick it up a notch. I would definitely call it a refreshing, health tonic.


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19 Responses to Hibiscus tea/Health drink

  1. srividhya says:

    Very healthy drink. and wow loved your serve ware and the subtle color is amazing.

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  2. mypinchofyum says:

    Looks lovely. I wanna try this now.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Beautiful color, healthy tea.. I’m coming over!

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  4. This s new to me.. Tea color looks so appealing for eyes I bet it’s grt for timny as well

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  5. coconutcraze says:

    Sure, it is like a medicine but sweet and delicious!


  6. Angie says:

    So, what did it taste like? Was it fruity? And can you use any hibiscus? ‘Coz I have a few hibiscus bushes, but they’re not the tropical variety. The flowers are actually huge! As big as a dinner plate, no kidding. One flower is probably enough for a whole pot ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • coconutcraze says:

      It tastes neutral but the flavors of lime and maple shines through! Large flowers…that would brighten any garden! I guess, any hibiscus works, Angie! If you know the plant feeds on good stuff then you can consider the flowers to be edible.


  7. Such a pretty pink color! Sounds delicious ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. coconutcraze says:

    The color change is what amused me! Thank you, Justine!


  9. I am smiling as I read your post, Sridevi. ๐Ÿ™‚ I come from a family of scientists and we are insatiably curious about everything. (The Tell Me Why books were written just for us). I saw your pics first and then the write up. As I was seeing the pics and the lime juice changing colour of the tea, I was thinking that changes the pH balance! Then I read your post and the mention of titration. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hibiscus tea is also supposed to be good for hair growth.

    Have a fun Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. coconutcraze says:

    Yep, the flowers are used in oil and the leaves are crushed to get a herbal shampoo! Hibiscus is a herbal medicine used in many ways!
    There are so many interesting information in your messages. A family of Scientists….great! I am wondering how educational you life would have been! Lucky girl! ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. What an amazing colour and a post! Loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Lovely colour and looks nectarous…


  13. JJ says:

    Ahhh I was wondering why mine was blackโ€”thanks for the lime juice tip ๐Ÿ™‚


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