The ruby red, sweet and tart hibiscus tea, also known as agua de Jamaica, Zobo, or karkade, is a wonderful substitute for caffeinated beverages. The ingredients and preparation time needed for this herbal tea recipe are very simple. In addition to being a fantastic herbal tea ingredient, dried hibiscus also serves as a fantastic colorant. In this article, we’ll be going through an easy hibiscus tea recipe with recommended variations that you can incorporate into your daily diet.
How Can Drinking Hibiscus Tea Benefit Your Health?
One of the most commonly consumed herbal teas worldwide is hibiscus tea, as it not only tastes refreshing but also contains a wealth of antioxidants. It is well known for its ability to aid in lowering blood pressure, hypertension control, and metabolism activation. This herbal tea is also suitable for consumption in moderation.
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Hibiscus Tea Ingredients and Instructions:
- Hibiscus: You can use fresh or dried petals. You can even make use of some dried petals you have on hand.
- Spice: Fresh ginger gives the tea a spicy, peppery flavor.
- Sweetener: We recommend using honey. But you may also use maple syrup, coconut sugar, or any other healthy sweetener as a substitute.
Firstly, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add in your ginger and dried hibiscus petals and let it steep for roughly five minutes. Then, mix in your chosen sweetener and serve it hot, or let it cool and add in ice to have it chilled.
While you can’t go wrong with the basic recipe above, there are a few ingredients you can add to spice up your hibiscus tea.
- For a citrus flavor, add lemon slices or chunks of orange zest to the blossoms.
- For a mildly spicy kick, add a cinnamon stick or pieces of ginger to the flowers.
- For a unique and refreshing taste, let the tea cool and add in some cold soda water.
How to Store Your Hibiscus Tea
For the best tasting experience, store your brewed hibiscus tea in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Your tea will retain its freshness for up to five days. Afterward, the tea may begin to taste bland. It is the ideal summertime beverage to prepare ahead of time because it keeps its freshness for a couple of days. Make a large quantity and drink the chilled hibiscus tea all day, for a happy and healthy lifestyle!