Cold Brew Hibiscus Tea - A Health Infused Beverage
Cold brew hibiscus tea has quickly become one of my favorite go-to beverages. It’s fresh, it’s tart, and it's deep red color is enough to entice anyone. Loose leaf hibiscus or hibiscus tea bags (whichever you prefer) are easy to pack so it is perfect to bring with you when you're traveling.
As an avid fan of Dr. Gregor, I was thoroughly intrigued to find out that hibiscus tea beat out green tea and every other drink in terms of antioxidant power. That’s right, out of 282 beverages studied, hibiscus tea came out as the healthiest beverage of all!
I was impressed. Even beating out green tea?! Though, I wasn’t about to ditch my beloved jasmine pearl tea, I wanted to find a way to incorporate hibiscus tea on a daily basis for all of its amazing health benefits so I started to cold brew it. Hibiscus tea can be also be prepared as a hot tea but I prefer the crisp smooth taste of cold brewing it which is especially refreshing on a hot day.
My recipe is as simple as grabbing a handful of bulk dried hibiscus flowers or 4 tea bags and placing them in a liter and a half of water. I then leave it to cold brew overnight in the fridge or for at least 6 hours so it has a chance to soak up all the antioxidants. I alternate between squeezing in some fresh lime or lemon. You can also experiment with adding in cinnamon, clove, or ginger for an extra nutritional boost. Sometimes I prepare a healthy soda type drink by adding hibiscus tea to seltzer water. It also mixes well with rum or vodka for a cocktail!