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Hibiscus Tea

Author: Jee Choe
How to brew hibiscus tea properly to make the perfect cup every time. 
4.7 from 24 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving



  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl it around. Discard the water.
    Warming up the teapot is an extra step that all tea professionals take the time to do, so that when the tea steeps, the water temperature won't drop drastically.
  • Put hibiscus tea into the teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain hibiscus flowers and pour hot tea into a teacup.


How to Make Cold Brew Hibiscus Iced Tea

  1. Put dried hibiscus and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 6 hours. Stir to make sure hibiscus get dampened by the water and isn't sitting dry on top of the water surface. Use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea. 
  2. Strain hibiscus solids and pour tea into a cup. Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.

Brewing Guide

Hot Hibiscus Tea
  • TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons dried hibiscus or 1 tea bag
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • STEEP TIME: 5 minutes
Cold Brew Hibiscus Iced Tea
  • TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons dried hibiscus or 1 tea bag
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • STEEP TIME: 12 hours in the refrigerator


  • Use loose tea instead of tea bags for a better quality cup of tea.
  • For a stronger cup of hibiscus tea, add a couple of more minutes to your steep time or add 1/2 teaspoon more of hibiscus.
  • Use a glass teapot to make herbal tea so you can see the pretty herbals in water.
  • Hibiscus tea can be served with or without sugar. If you want to sweeten hot tea, you can use any kind of sweetener from sugar to date syrup, but for sweetening iced tea, always use simple syrup since it'll be the easiest to mix into a cold drink.
  • Herbal teas like hibiscus are a lot easier to brew than other types of teas since it doesn't get overly bitter if brewed for more than 5 minutes so don't worry if it steeps for longer.
  • Tastes great when mixed with lemonade.
  • Hibiscus is often used in drinks to naturally color it pink.
  • Hibiscus tea can be brewed and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it covered or airtight glass container or pitcher.
  • Loose dried hibiscus and tea sachets should be stored in an airtight container away from light, odors, humidity, and heat.


Calories: 3 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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