I adore drinking hibiscus tea for many reasons, not least of all the beautiful rich and deep crimson color it has. Hibiscus tea is best served in a glass mug or cup (preferably a pretty one) in my opinion, as that way this lovely vision is able to be enjoyed as well!
Hibiscus Tea Benefits
There is a lot of excitement in the air about the health benefits of drinking hibiscus tea. Reportedly, and don’t quote me here, but drinking hibiscus tea is supposed to be good for the heart as it has been shown that it can help to lower and control blood pressure and to lower and control cholesterol. Both of those are very good things.
It’s high in Vitamin C and another benefit its fans love is that fact that it is caffeine free. So those tea lovers who find they are kept awake if they have drinks containing even small amounts of caffeine after, say, 1pm, can enjoy a couple of cups of hibiscus tea without the worry of a sleepless night. Days are too short to only drink tea in the morning, I say!
Information abounds on how you can pick and brew your own hibiscus flowers to make your tea. If you‘re keen you could research how to do this, but personally I’d be too afraid of choosing the wrong species of hibiscus (Hibiscus sadbariffa is the correct one – this is the yellow colored Hibiscus flower, not the red flower, as one might think), pesticides, bugs –eeeee – what else?
I like my tea, well, gourmet! I like it hand selected, from the finest flowers, by the most discerning tea masters… after all, that’s why we have tea experts, isn’t it?
As always, very easy – prepare dried hibiscus flowers or teabags with boiling water, steep for around 5 minutes, and you may add honey to taste. The tea has a slightly ‘tart’ taste (it’s no shrinking violet, let’s put it that way!) and I happen to like it like that, but if you are a sweet tooth, a drop or two of honey is the way to go.
It is a tea that may be infused a second time, which is fortunate, because once you start, you’ll want another and another! And since it’s guilt free (it’s virtually free of calories, when served without sweetener) – you can!
But Are There Any Side Effects?
Now when I say ‘guilt free, drink up’, clearly I mean within reason. We hear of these diets where you consume nothing but green tea for days and loose weight – oh my, not good. In order to reap any medicinal benefits of the beautiful hibiscus flower, add it to your list of things to be enjoyed and included in your overall healthy diet and enjoy in moderation. No extremes, please.
Enjoy Hibiscus Tea Hot or Chilled
This is a very versatile tea, being able to be served gorgeously hot or deliciously chilled. To help survive and refresh on a hot, sticky summers day, follow the following steps for a long, tall, thirst-quenching glass of what in some areas is known as “Jamaica” and is enjoyed with tacos and other Mexican food. You can use either whole flowers (sometimes you’ll come across these sold as flor de jamaica at Latin markets) or tea bags, and it really only takes a few minutes to prepare!
Cold Brew Jamaica ( Hibiscus Iced Tea)
Makes 1 quart
1/2 cup (about ½ ounce or 15g) dried Hibiscus flowers OR 4 Hibiscus Teabags
4 cups of cold water
1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup of honey, agave or your preferred sweetener (start with 1 tablespoon and increase to taste)
Place the hibiscus flowers in a large jug or bowl. Add the water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Add sweetener to taste. Strain out the solids and serve over ice. A squeeze of lime is enjoyed by some.
The brewed Jamaica can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. We don’t think it will last as long as that!
(Suggestion : if you’re adventurous, you could try also steeping cinnamon, sliced fresh ginger, star anise, orange peel, allspice, mandarin & lime, or lemongrass in your Jamaica Hibiscus Tea )
Always Have Some Hibiscus Flowers or Teabags on Hand
Treat yourself and delight your family, friends and guests by serving this stunning beverage. Iced Hibiscus tea, served over ice, from a tall glass jug, relaxing on the deck this weekend…mmm…what could be better?
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