Hibiscus Tea from Fresh Flowers
Hibiscuses are not only beautiful; they are also great for our health. They are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and may help with many issues such as high cholesterol and hypertension, as well as reduce the risk of cancer.
I keep a tropical hibiscus as a small tree inside my house during the winter and let it enjoy the outdoors during the summer. It produces flowers that typically only bloom for 1 day. Whenever one blooms, I use the petals to make tea. 1 flower makes one cup, but you can always adjust the ratio to fit how strong you like it.
When you pour the hot water over the petals, they release their color and turn the water purple, as shown in the first picture. When lemon or lime is added, the acid turns the water from purple to a pink/orange color as shown in the second picture. Aside from being a refreshing drink, it is a Joy to make!
- heatproof glass or mug
- 1 hibiscus flower
- 1 cup water
- 1 squirt Joy Beverage Booster
- Optional: 1 lemon slice
- Optional: honey
- Bring water to a boil. Separate petals from fully bloomed flower and rinse.
- Put petals in desired cup and pour boiled water over petals. Steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove petals; add Beverage Booster and honey/lemon if desired and enjoy. If serving cold, let water cool down then refrigerate.