A refreshing and tasty iced beverage that is beautiful in colour and full of many health benefits. A gorgeous drink to serve your guests
Having a beautiful drink ready for you in the fridge on a hot summer day is the best. Especially when it looks this gorgeous AND it is amazing for your health AND is tastes AH-MAZING. This ice tea is honestly one of my favorites. When steeped hibiscus tea has a rich and vibrant red colour, a tart taste and is delicisou hot of cold. Today we will make a refreshing ice tea perfect for our summer days ahead.
The benefits of drinking Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus has been touted as a healing herb and has many benefits for the body and soul. This marvelous tea comes the leaves of the Hibiscus flower, a tree native to Asia, found in tropical climates around the world but can now grow in north america as well. I actually have a beautiful one in my yard for decoration, however it never grows enough blooms to harvest!
I recommmend purchasing the tea as loose leaf to avoid the microplastics found in tea bags. Our goal here is to feel our most vibrant selves and this is yet another way to do that! Let’s talk about the many benefits of hibiscus.
- High in Anti-oxidants: see that gorgeous red colour that I was talking about? This is the same colour found in berries and comes from the powerful anthocyanin. Anti-oxidants are linked to reducing chronic diseases. It also contains Vit C- another powerful anti-oxidant.
- Linked to lowering blood pressure: one study has shown that hibiscus tea can help lower blood pressure in those individuals suffering form High BP
- Linked to helping with weight loss: several studies has shown the potential of hibiscus tea to help weight loss and prevent obesity.
- Anti-bacterial properties: although research is liminted, it has been shown to have some benefits at fighting bacterial strains
- Improve Liver health: may help reduce markers of liver damage
- Reduces blood sugar levels: it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol, making it a good option for people with diabetes
How I make my Hibiscus Mint Ice Tea
Making this tea is easy-peasy and there is nothing to it. Get yourself some dried hibiscus tea, some fresh mint, lemon and some honey and stevia drops to reduce the tartness of the tea without adding a ton of sugar. However if you don’t like to use stevia you can sub with more honey, or any other sweetner you choose. Be mindful that different stevia brands have different levels of sweetness to them, and so while my recipe calls for 50 drops of the stevia I use, your brand may require much less!!!
Here is the brand I use for this recipe:
Steep the tea for a good hour, adding your honey while the water is still warm to allow it to melt and combine. I like to make this tea the day before drinking it to let the mint leaves and lemon infuse perfectly into the hibiscus tea!
Because I make a large 10 cup pitcher, I steep my tea in a large glass bowl first as pictured below. Then when adding to the large pitcher for serving I top it up with water to make a total of 10 cups. Below there is around 5-6 cups of water for steeping.
This Ice tea is also really beneficial for digestion because of the added mint, honey and lemon! There are coutnless reason why should drink this tea! It is also perfect for serving your guests, people AND kids absolutely love it, and the presentation is spectacular. I mean look at that!
I know you will enjoy this tea as much as we do! Go enjoy the taste, the health and colour of this drink!
Hibiscus Mint Ice Tea
A refreshing and gorgeous Ice tea made with mint and hibiscus! Healing, caffeine free and low in sugar. Great to serve to your guests!!
- 1/2 cup Hibiscus
- 10 cups of water
- 1 lemon
- 2-3 sprigs of mint
- 1 tbsp honey
- 40-50 drops of vanilla stevia*
Boil about 4-5 cups of water
Place your hibiscus leaves in a glass jar or bowl and cover with the boiling water. Allow to steep for an hour to cool down slightly
Add in your honey and mix well. Steep for another 2 hours
Remove the hibiscus leaves, and pour the tea into a large glass pitcher, adding an additional 4-5 cups of water
Add in your mint sprigs, the juice of one whole lemon plus the rind and stevia
Mix well, refrigerate overnight or for several hours before serving to allow the flavours to combine
Serve over ice with lemon garnish
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