Sparkling Hibiscus Citrus Tea

There are over 200 kinds of hibiscus, but today I’m discussing Hibiscus Sabdariffa.  (Also called Roselle, Florida cranberry, red sorrel, or Jamaica sorrel.) This plant not only produces beautiful flowers, but the part of the hibiscus plant that protects and supports the flower (the calyx) is edible. It is popular in many cultures around the world for its wonderful tea.

 

 

 

 

 

Hibiscus tea is an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-colored calyces (sepals) of the roselle and is consumed both hot and cold. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor , and I add honey or agave nectar to sweeten it.  If you don’t grow this hibiscus, you can buy tea bags and loose hibiscus blooms by the pound.  Amazon has multiple listings of hibiscus alone or mixed with other flavors.  I always buy organic.

 

 

 

Today let’s look at a cooling, tasty sparkling beverage using dried hibiscus, citrus, and sparkling water.  Tangy hibiscus tea is mixed with lemon or lime juice and sweetened with agave nectar.  Add the sparkling water right before serving for a refreshing summer drink.

 

 

Sparkling Hibiscus Citrus Tea

Always use organic when available

Ingredients

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Sparkling Hibiscus Citrus Tea

Sparkling hibiscus citrus tea is a very refreshing and delicious spring or summer-drink made with hibiscus tea, citrus juice,  and sparkling water.
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Keyword hibiscus citrus tea, hibiscus tea
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 bags hibiscus tea
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 3 lemons or limes juiced
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Citrus slices/wedges for garnish

Instructions

  • In large pitcher combine boiling water, hibiscus tea, agave nectar, & citrus juice
  • Stir well
  • Let steep 30 to 60 minutes
  • Remove tea bags
  • Cool
  • Add sparkling water and mix right before serving
  • Add citrus slices or wedges to tea

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “Sparkling Hibiscus Citrus Tea”

  1. This sounds so lovely and refreshing! I have had hibiscus flowers in syrup before that you put in prosecco, but not in tea! 🙂

  2. This does sound yummy Carol. I love anything red and would love to try this 🙂 Thanks for sharing at this week’s #CreativeMondays, hope to see you on Wednesday for our next blog hop.

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