Simple Homemade Hibiscus Syrup

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So easy to make at home, hibiscus simple syrup is a delicious way to add a sweet floral flavor to an iced tea.

Simple homemade hibiscus syrup being poured into a glass of iced tea.

Recipe Highlights

  • Hibiscus syrup is a simple syrup (liquid sugar) made with sugar, water, and hibiscus tea. It’s easy to make a batch of the syrup at home in less than 10 minutes.
  • Simple syrups are the best way to sweeten and flavor beverages since they mix easily into cold (and hot) drinks. Granulated sugar won’t mix well in cold drinks.
  • This recipe makes one cup of hibiscus syrup, which is enough to sweeten about 8 drinks.

RELATED: Hibiscus Tea Health Benefits

Ingredient Notes

Hibiscus simple syrup recipes ingredients: dried hibiscus, water, and sugar.
  • Hibiscus tea
    Dried loose hibiscus or hibiscus tea bags will both work. Loose hibiscus is higher quality since it has bigger hibiscus pieces.
  • Sugar
    White granulated sugar will give the syrup a vibrant red color. Brown sugar can also be used but the syrup will be brown in color instead of red.
  • Water
    If you can, use filtered water to make a better tasting syrup.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The step-by-step instructions for preparing Simple Homemade Hibiscus Syrup.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Put all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer, then turn off heat, and steep.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Strain and pour syrup into an airtight container.
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Serving Suggestions

  • Make hibiscus iced tea by adding syrup to iced black or green tea. 
  • Add hibiscus syrup in sparkling water to make hibiscus flavored soda.
  • Pour syrup in steamed or warm milk to make a hibiscus tea latte.
  • Add syrup to hibiscus tea to boost the hibiscus flavor.

Expert Tips

  • Hibiscus tea bags is a much easier way to make this syrup since the tea bags can be thrown out. Straining hibiscus can create a mess if you’re not careful.
  • Hibiscus tea stains easily so make sure to wipe away any messes as you go.
  • This recipe makes one cup (16 tablespoons) of hibiscus syrup, which is enough to add 2 tablespoons of the syrup to flavor and sweeten about 8 drinks.
  • Stored in an airtight container, this syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Turn your next fizzy drink into a hibiscus soda by adding some syrup into a glass of sparkling water.

RELATED: Brown Sugar Syrup

Questions You May Have

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is liquid sugar made from dissolving sugar in water. It’s the best way to sweeten cold drinks since it mixes in well.

What is hibiscus simple syrup?

Hibiscus syrup is liquid sugar flavored with hibiscus.

Do I have to refrigerate homemade simple syrup?

Yes, homemade syrups are not shelf-stable, so it must be refrigerated. Hibiscus syrup can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Simple Homemade Hibiscus Syrup in a sealed bottle with a prep bowl of hibiscus flowers in the foreground.

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Simple Hibiscus Syrup

Author: Jee Choe
So easy to make, add this delicious floral and tangy hibiscus syrup to sweeten and flavor an iced drink.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield8 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hibiscus tea

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  • Take off heat and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and pour syrup into an airtight container.
    Use a mesh strainer to separate the hibiscus solids from the syrup. The syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

NOTES

  • Dried loose hibiscus or hibiscus tea bags will both work. Loose hibiscus is higher quality since it has bigger hibiscus pieces.
  • White granulated sugar will give the syrup a vibrant red color. Brown sugar can also be used but the syrup will be brown in color instead of red.
  • Hibiscus tea bags is a much easier way to make this syrup since the tea bags can be thrown out. Straining hibiscus can create a mess if you’re not careful.
  • Hibiscus tea stains easily so make sure to wipe away any messes as you go.
  • This recipe makes one cup (16 tablespoons) of hibiscus syrup, which is enough to add 2 tablespoons of the syrup to flavor and sweeten about 8 drinks.
  • Stored in an airtight container, this syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

 

Syrup Uses

  • Make hibiscus iced tea by adding syrup to iced black or green tea. 
  • Add hibiscus syrup in sparkling water to make hibiscus flavored soda.
  • Pour syrup in steamed or warm milk to make a hibiscus tea latte.
  • Add syrup to hibiscus tea to boost the hibiscus flavor.

NUTRITION

Calories: 578 | Carbohydrates: 149g | Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 150g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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