Hibiscus Green Tea

In the past I have only ever made hibiscus tea from dried flowers but thanks to our wonderful local organic shop Mazaraa ,we now get them fresh!

Not only are they stunningly vibrant but they come with a whole list of health benefits as they are packed with antioxidants.  Apparently they can help reduce the symptoms of menopause, acne, dandruff and fevers!! Oh also did I mention it tastes great?!?

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Today I made a very simple version and let the flavours speak for themselves. We used loose green tea leaves that we bought in Sri Lanka but I’m sure any green tea would do the trick.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of fresh hibiscus buds
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried green tea leaves
  • 1 stick of dried cinnamon
  • Wild flower honey (adjust to taste)
  • 1 1/2 L cold water

Cooking Method:

Wash the buds and place them in a large pan with 1  1/2L of water, the dried green tea and cinnamon. Bring to the boil then turn off the heat and allow it to steep for at least 10 mins (longer if you want a stronger tea). Strain through a sieve but reserve a few of the flowers for decoration in the glass.

You can do one of two things regarding the honey, I personally like to add it to taste for each person’s glass as some like it really bitter and others like it sweet. So I added only about 1 Tbsp of honey to the whole pot then put more in to each persons glass if desired. But if you prefer you can add all the desired amount of honey to the pot.

This wonderful tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold. If chilled it can be served with some fresh mint , ice and lemon. Alternatively think of it as a cranberry juice replacement for cocktails. 🙂

Warm works better with more honey and is delicious!!

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