How to Make Hibiscus Tea

Cold brew hibiscus tea is a delicious summer beverage. Tart, slightly sweet, and super refreshing! Its said to have health benefits and antioxidants too.

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During super hot days I feel like changing things up a bit when it comes to my water intake. Making a cold brew tea is so easy and delicious, you might want to make this over and over again. And cold brew hibiscus tea seems to be healthier than green tea! I call this the healthiest soda on the planet if you don’t mind. So let’s get our bottles ready for this cold brew hibiscus tea.

If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy (caffeine-free) drink, this is it. This brightly colored beverage is a nutritional powerhouse with many health benefits. But this hibiscus tea recipe also tastes very good! After one sip, I was hooked.  

✔️easy to make
✔️perfect for the summer
✔️high in antioxidants

Why Cold Brew?

Cold-brewed teas taste as sweet as you like it and taste very smooth. This is because cold water extracts a different kind of chemical balance from the tea than hot water. In terms of flavor, this will drop out some bitterness in certain teas, which is very much noticeable when you make a cold brew tea with hibiscus. Cold brewed this tea becomes a totally different drink.

With cold brewing you can enjoy teas in a new type of way. I’m very excited about this part, because it allows me to explore the tastes of my teas.

How to make cold brew hibiscus tea?

Hibiscus tea is made from the hibiscus flower and can be labeled as ”flor de Jamaic” (in Latin) or as ”gumamela” (Philippine name). The tea is quite tart and tastes very similar to cranberry juice, hence the sweetener in this recipe. Of course, this is personal and you can opt to leave out the sweetener.

There are many different flavor combinations you can make. Instead of lemons you could use limes, you could also add a cinnamon stick, a little bit of fresh ginger, fresh mint leaves, or a few cloves (which will make it even more of a super power antioxidant drink!).

I use date paste as a sweetener, but you can use any sweetener you wish. I make my own date paste or buy the ready-made date paste.

Hibiscus tea is incredibly easy to make and an antioxidant power drink!

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All credits for this information (and even this recipe) go to dr. Greger. You can read all about dr. Greger’s book here. He writes a lot about hibiscus tea since he used to drink 2 liters of cold brewed hibiscus tea per day. He cut it down to about 900 ml per day since that is best according to latest research. And to get the best anti oxidant benefits it’s best to sip on this tea throughout the day.

If you are also going to make cold brew hibiscus tea, I’d love to know! Rate the recipe below or share your creation on Facebook or Instagram. And don’t forget to tag me. I’d love to see your creations!

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How to Make Hibiscus Tea

  • Author: The Green Creator
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 950 ml 1x
  • Category: drink, healthy, cold brew, tea, beverage
  • Cuisine: vegan, sugarfree, healthy, dairyfree


Cold brew hibiscus tea is a delicious summer beverage. Tart, slightly sweet, and super refreshing! Its said to have health benefits and antioxidants too.




  • 1 tablespoon date syrup (hibiscus tea can be tart when unsweetened)
  • juice of half a lime or lemon
  • a few cloves
  • cinnamon stick
  • handful fresh mint leaves
  • for that extra punch add a little piece of fresh ginger


Pour water in a large glass jar and add the other ingredients.

Add additional spices and herbs, as desired.

Cover and let chill in the fridge overnight or at least a few hours. I wouldn’t recommend more than 24 hours because it may get too bitter. When the tea is brewed it will turn a beautiful deep dark ruby red color.

Discard the hibiscus. Stir and enjoy cold (with ice cubes).


If you don’t want to add any sweetener, then cinnamon and lime are a great way to take away the tartness of hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea lasts up to a week in the fridge.

Keywords: hibiscus, tea, cold brew

2 thoughts on “How to Make Hibiscus Tea”

    • Thanks for your comment and rating Angie! Yes, it truly taste like lemonade and the colder, the better 🙂
      Have a nice day!


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