We drink tea to refresh our body and soul. Every tea has its special flavor and compounds that makes it special. However, I promise you – choosing hibiscus tea will take the whole experience to a whole other new level.
But first things first, to enjoy the tea, you will require to have a few tasty recipes. The good news is, all recipes are easy, and I am going to teach you all the procedures on how to do it.
This is whether you prefer it cold or hot.
Whether you are a mastermind in tea preparation or a beginner who have just started exploring the tea varieties, there is something for you.
What Is Hibiscus Tea?
Hibiscus tea is a type of herbal tea that is prepared from the green part below the petals of the hibiscus plant.
They are very many types of hibiscus, although the most commonly used in teas are the dried flowers of the Hibiscus sabdariffa.
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea has been proved to have antioxidants and Vitamin C. Thanks to these two and other compounds, the tea helps in the prevention of anti-inflammatory problems, cancer and as well as lower blood pressure.
Hibiscus tea has a sweet, sour, fruity taste. The tea’s flavor is close to that of the cranberries. You can consume the tea when cold or hot. It has a vibrant ruby red color, which makes it a perfect choice of a morning tea or even better an afternoon party.
How to Brew Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea can be prepared either using tea leaves or loose leaves of dried hibiscus flowers. You can buy the latter from your local store or online store. If you have hibiscus flowers in your garden, you can also use them.
Here are some guidelines on how to prepare sweet tea every time;
Step 1: Harvest and Dry Hibiscus Flowers
This step is not important if you already have pre-dried hibiscus flowers.
However, if you are using fresh flowers from your garden, you will have to harvest and dry them before using them to brew your tea.
To make your work easier, harvest a reasonable amount of hibiscus flowers, dry them, and preserve it in an airtight container to avoid going through the process every time.
Every pot of tea will require 8-10 petals.
Wait until the flowers are in full bloom to harvest. Remove the bulb-like part of the plant between the stem and the flower (calyx).
To avoid any health issues, only harvest flowers that are free from pesticides – the latter could also alter the taste of the tea.
Remove the stamen of the flower – this is the stem-like filaments which have yellow pods that makes the flower unique.
Soak the flowers in clean water to remove dust from them.
Put the flowers on a clean rack and place them in direct sunlight. The time taken to dry the leaves could be anywhere between three or four days.
If you live in a very cool area, this may take forever. Instead of relying on the sun use a dehydrator in the house. You may use the method during winter too.
Wait until the sepals and petals begin to crumble to take tea.
Step 2: Prepare Water
Boil water in a sauce and pour it in a teapot and add at least two teaspoons of the flowers. If you love your tea strong, add a few spoons of the flowers.
Step 3: Steep
How long you steep the tea depends on how strong you love it. If you prefer a mild flavor, allow the tea to steep for two minutes and taste it after every 30 seconds to get the desired taste.
For a stronger profile, allow the hibiscus tea to steep for 5 minutes and taste in intervals of 30 seconds until you reach the desired flavor.
Step 4: Strain and Enjoy
If your teapot does not have an in-built filter, place a mesh strainer on your cup and pour the tea in your cup.
You can drink the tea plainly or add honey or syrup to sweeten it. Garnish it with a slice of lime and enjoy your tea.
Iced Hibiscus Tea
You can still enjoy your hibiscus tea during the summer. The tea can help you survive those hot sunny afternoons.
Preparing a glass of iced tea is the same as that of hot tea, but it takes more time.
Step 1: Add Hibiscus Flowers
If you are harvesting hibiscus flowers from your garden, use the procedure explained above. Put water in a pitcher and add the flowers. For every four cups of water, use half a cup of dried flowers.
Step 2: Refrigerate and Steep
Coldwater takes longer to suck the flavor from the flowers compared to hot water. Cover the pitcher and put it in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
Covering the pitcher prevents any unwanted products from entering the tea and interfering with the flavor.
Step 3: Strain, Sweeten and Serve
Add some ice cubes in a glass and pour your strained tea. Coldwater does not dissolve honey and sugar well, so instead go for a ¼ cup of syrup if you have to sweeten your tea.
Garnish it with a slice of lemon and serve your tea.
What Else is Hibiscus Tea Good For?
You can prepare your hair oil using hibiscus flowers. Grind the flowers and add the paste to coconut oil. After 48 hours of infusion, simmer for five minutes to low heat and store your oil in an airtight container.
Alternatively, you can use brewed tea to shampoo your hair.
Hibiscus- All-Time Tea
Hibiscus tea can be taken in any season or any time of the day. This is because, besides the fact that it can be drunk hot or cold, it is caffeine-free, so you don’t have to worry about disrupted sleeping patterns.
There is no reason as to why you shouldn’t brew a cup of hibiscus tea and begin enjoying the benefits.