It’s hot out and you could really go for a cold refreshing beverage. Why not make your own delicious hibiscus tea? Hibiscus seems to be getting a lot of attention lately and everyone seems to be trying their hand at creating a hibiscus drink. A local brewery in Chicago, IL, Revolution Brewery, even brewed their own beer that is steeped with hibiscus. Some of you may not have heard about hibiscus tea just yet, but I’m sure you will. It has been popular for a while in Latin American countries and elsewhere around the world. This tea also comes with added health benefits. Hibiscus tea may help to balance high blood pressure and blood glucose levels and lower high cholesterol. It also has a high vitamin C content.
So, why not try your hand at putting your own spin on a hibiscus drink. To get you started, I’ll help out and provide you with a tried and true basic hibiscus tea, or Agua de Jamaica.
Here’s the recipe!
- Combine the water and ginger (optional) in a pot and bring to boil over high heat
- Remove from heat and add hibiscus flowers and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved and steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain well and pour into a pitcher. Set it aside and cool and refrigerate until ready to drink. You can add the optional lime juice now.
Let us know in the comments section if you have any other twists on this summer drink.