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How to Make Hibiscus Tea – Try These Recipes!

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Hibiscus is an amazingly beautiful flowering plant native to North Africa and Southeast Asia. The tea brewed from its flower petals is a tasty beverage with tart and sweet floral flavors, and it can be served hot or iced.

Read this guide and learn how to make hot hibiscus tea at home. I’ll also give you recipes for Agua de Jamaica (iced Mexican hibiscus tea) and hibiscus gin and tonic cocktail.

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Why I Love Hibiscus Tea

The first time I tried hibiscus tea was years ago in North Africa, and it’s still one of my favorites! Now I have hibiscus growing in my backyard so I can pick some fresh flowers anytime.

Here’s why you should try hibiscus tea:

  • This herbal tea has a unique and refreshing floral flavor with sour and sweet notes.
  • Hibiscus tea is full of antioxidants and has many proven health benefits.
  • The vibrant magenta red color of the tea looks amazing.

Traditionally used for treating high blood pressure, hibiscus tea may also help with lowering cholesterol and boosting liver health.

Drinking hibiscus tea daily can also aid in losing weight and preventing cancer. Furthermore, the antioxidants found in hibiscus can help our body with fighting against harmful bacteria.

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A beautiful hibiscus flower in my garden

One nice thing about hibiscus is the plant itself. It is one of the most beautiful plants you can grow in your garden (or indoors).

It’s surprisingly easy to grow it, and a blooming hibiscus is an incredibly beautiful sight!

How to Make Hot Hibiscus Tea

If you have hibiscus growing in your garden, you can harvest fresh hibiscus flowers for the tea. The flowers come in many colors, but the red ones are best for making tea.

Hibiscus flowers are mature for harvesting when they start to curl from the edges and their color starts to darken. After gathering the flowers, you can use them fresh or dehydrate them in a food dehydrator for later use.

Here is an excellent video that explains how to harvest hibiscus flowers from your garden and use them for making tea:

How to Make Hibiscus Tea From Petals : Growing & Using Herbs

You can also buy dried hibiscus flowers for making the tea. I recommend using organic high-quality hibiscus. I have put together a guide with the best hibiscus tea products.

List of ingredients for 5 servings of Hot Hibiscus Tea:

  • 1 cup of fresh hibiscus flower petals (or 4 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flower)
  • 4 cups of water (equals to about 1 liter)

Optional ingredients:

  • 1-2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

How to make it:

  1. Trim the fresh hibiscus flowers by removing the green part (calyx) at the base of the flower. Then remove the seed pods in the middle and rinse the flower petals with water. If you are using dried hibiscus, you can skip this step.
  2. Pour water into a pot and add the fresh or dried hibiscus flowers. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and cover with a lid. Steep for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the cover, add lemon or lime juice, and sweeten with honey. Mix with a spoon.
  4. Pour into glasses or teacups through a strainer and enjoy!

Hibiscus Tea with Yerba Mate, Ginger and Cinnamon

I like to experiment with different ingredients and here is one of my favorite combos for herbal tea.

You can add yerba mate, ginger, and cinnamon to your hibiscus tea to get an energy boost and have a more spicy and aromatic taste.

Yerba mate is a healthy South American herbal tea that gives a nice energy boost without jitters or crashing.

Ginger is known for its many health benefits, and adding it to your hibiscus tea makes it a real antioxidant bomb.


  • Yerba Mate: You can start by adding one tablespoon of loose leaf yerba mate to your hibiscus tea. If you don’t want any caffeine, then leave this ingredient out.
  • Ginger: Start with a half-inch piece of sliced or grated fresh ginger (or a half tablespoon of dried ginger).
  • Cinnamon: Use a one-inch piece of cinnamon stick and crush it.

Just add the ingredients into the water at the same time with the hibiscus flower, when you are making the tea.

You can later increase the amounts if you want either of these flavors to be stronger.

Iced Mexican Hibiscus Tea Recipe (Agua de Jamaica)

Agua de Jamaica is especially popular in Mexico. It’s made by boiling hibiscus flowers (flor de Jamaica) in water, adding sugar and lime juice, and then chilling it.

You can also add cinnamon and ginger for extra taste.

Aqua de Jamaica - Iced Hibiscus Tea
Aqua de Jamaica – Iced Hibiscus Tea

I prefer making a big amount of strong hibiscus concentrate which I then store in the refrigerator. Then it’s easy to make the iced tea by just using some of the concentrate and adding cold water and ice.

Next, I’ll tell you how to prepare the hibiscus concentrate with fresh or dried hibiscus flowers.

How to Make Hibiscus Concentrate

Here are instructions for making 3 cups of hibiscus concentrate.


  • 2 cups of fresh hibiscus flower petals (or 8 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 inch of cinnamon stick (crushed)
  • 1/2 inch of fresh ginger (peeled and sliced)

How to make hibiscus concentrate:

  1. Pour the water into a pot and add the hibiscus flower and sugar. Add the optional ingredients, if you are using them.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover, and let it simmer with low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the stove and let it cool to room temperature.
  4. Pour into a pitcher through a strainer and store in the refrigerator.

Agua de Jamaica Recipe

Now that you have your refrigerated hibiscus concentrate, it’s very easy to make a glass of refreshing iced hibiscus tea:

  1. Take a big glass and add a generous amount of ice.
  2. Pour half full of the hibiscus concentrate and add a dash of lime juice.
  3. Add some cold water until the glass is full and stir. You can also use soda water to make a bubbling hibiscus iced tea.
  4. Enjoy your iced tea! Drink with a straw to protect your teeth from the acidity of the hibiscus tea (avoid using plastic straws if possible).

You can adjust the amount of concentrate according to your preference. If you feel the iced tea is too strong, try adding less concentrate and more water and ice.

Cold Brew Hibiscus Tea

You can also make your iced hibiscus by cold brewing it. This takes a longer time than making the concentrate but it’s also easier.

Here is how to make 4 cups of cold-brewed hibiscus tea:

  1. Add 1 cup of fresh hibiscus flower petals (or 4 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers) and 4 cups of water in a pitcher.
  2. Leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Add some lemon or lime juice and sugar and stir.
  4. Pour into glasses through a strainer.

You can find more refreshing iced tea recipes here.

Hibiscus Gin and Tonic Cocktail

Gin and tonic is one of my favorite cocktails, and I like to experiment with making different versions of it.

Hibiscus gin and tonic is a nice looking and refreshing cocktail, that’s easy to make.

Surprise your spouse with this stunning and delicious drink, or serve it at a party to welcome your guests!

Hibiscus cocktail

Ingredients for one cocktail:

  • 1.5 oz (4 ml) gin
  • 1.5 oz (4 ml) of hibiscus concentrate (see preparing instructions above)
  • half a tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 thin lemon slices (optional)
  • tonic water
  • crushed ice

How to make it:

  1. Take a cocktail glass (about 10 oz or 300 ml) and put it into the freezer before starting.
  2. Fill the cold glass with crushed ice.
  3. Pour in the gin and lemon juice. Then add tonic water so that the glass is almost full. Top with the hibiscus concentrate so that it forms a nice looking layer on the top.
  4. You can use lemon slices to decorate the cocktail.
  5. Enjoy your hibiscus gin and tonic in good company!

Try the Different Ways to Make Hibiscus Tea!

Now you know how to make many different types of hibiscus beverages, and it’s time to try them out to find your favorite.

After you try these recipes, post a comment below and tell me how you liked them. Also, if you have your own recipe or any other experience or question related to hibiscus tea, don’t hesitate to share it!

Looking for more healthy herbal tea recipes? Here are some of my favorites:

Enjoy your tea!


Ps. If you liked my hibiscus tea recipes, please share this post so others can find it too. Thanks!

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12 thoughts on “How to Make Hibiscus Tea – Try These Recipes!”

  1. Though I’m not a tea drinker, I really enjoyed your post on making hibiscus tea. It sounds and looks delicious. I love the idea that it’s packed full of antioxidants as well. I don’t have any hibiscus flowers in my garden, but I may try buying it dried. The recipes you shared sound wonderful, especially adding cinnamon and lime.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Great to hear that you enjoyed reading my post!

      Go ahead and give hibiscus tea a try! It’s really healthy and delicious, and even better with cinnamon and lime.


  2. Hibiscus tea is the most amazing medicinal tea I have never brewed myself! My mother used to make it but unfortunately, I could never learn from her how to make it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, it has really helped me a lot in learning!

  3. I make mine with no sugar at all. Only juice from oranges, limes and lemons. You should try Jamaica with spiced rum!

  4. I do the “cold brew” and also put fruits or herbs and my favorite is strawberries and basil leaves! It’s so good and doesn’t even need sweetener!


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