Hibiscus Tea also is known as Karkade Tea or Jamaica Tea is a refreshing and super healthy beverage made using fresh or dried Hibiscus Flowers. This agua fresca is considered a superfood and when drank in a moderate amount has amazing benefits to the body. Here is how to make it.
To make this hibiscus drink, start by taking 3-4 flowers per cup of tea. I took 8 flowers to make 2 cups of tea. Remove the calyx or the green part from which the flower is attached to the plant.
Also remove the stamen, the part from which the yellow seeds are attached.
Wash the petals well under running water and add them to a medium-sized glass bowl.
Boil 3 cups of water in medium-sized saucepan water and once it comes to a rolling boil, remove it from heat.
Pour the boiling water over the petals.
Cover the bowl and let the color from the flowers steep into the water. Steep for 10-12 minutes.
Strain the tea using a tea strainer. Add lime juice to it and mix well. Add honey or sugar if you wish to at this stage and mix well.
Now add some ice cubes to the serving glasses, pour the tea and serve.
Do not drink hibiscus tea if you are pregnant or on any hormonal medication.Do not drink this tea if your blood pressure is low.You can use dried hibiscus flowers in place of fresh ones to make this tea as well.Hibiscus leaves stains, so keep this in mind when you are preparing this tea.You can source dried hibiscus online. Most Mexican stores also carry these dried flowers. So check the Spanish section of the supermarket.You can steep the hibiscus flowers in water and keep this brew in the refrigerator for upto 3 days. When ready to serve, add lemon juice and honey and serve.