Yesterday my husband came in the house with 4 big hibiscus flowers that had just shriveled up but weren’t dried out enough to fall off of the plant yet. He said, “Here, maybe you could make some hibiscus tea out of these.” I all but rolled my eyes, thinking he was crazy because I was sure I would need about 50 pounds of petals to make one 8 oz. glass. Boy was I wrong! It was so easy to make and really fun because the colors change a couple of times when you make this tea. If you have a hibiscus plant (that you don’t fertilize) in your yard you could make this. I’m not kidding. Try it and leave me a comment about your success🙂
First off, call over a friend who would enjoy a nice glass of iced tea and who would think this experiment was as cool as you do. I called over my friend Kelly. She is one of those people who loves everything about nature. She marvels at God’s hand in nature like a child would; examining and enjoying every little detail. She’s an awesome person to have in my life. If you don’t have a friend in your life who urges you to stop and smell the roses and who literally does that on a daily basis, then you need to seek one out. Kelly adds so much to my life that I don’t know what I’d do without her.
So, let’s get on to the tea making!
First, you gather up about 2 cups of hibiscus petals. This was 4 big dinner plate sized flowers and about 8 smaller ones. I only had the 4 so I called up my neighbor, Kristie, and asked if I could use her dried flowers that had just fallen. Sounds like a creeper, huh? I felt like a creeper. Like one of those psycho movies where people bottle up single hairs or eyelashes that fall off of the unsuspecting victims. Okay, I didn’t feel that creepy, but still, asking for dead flowers was a new one, even for me. The funny thing is, she knows how weird we are and happily obliged! Thanks Kristie!
So, the first step is to cut out all of the stigmas, which are the pretty little antenna looking things where all of the pollen germinates. I found it easiest to basically push the stigma up like I was folding it inside out and cutting it off.
Next, you need to rinse off all of the pollen. Use cold water and make sure you don’t let them sit in the water for too long or the color will start to come out.
After they’re rinsed, throw them in a big pot. Add 4 cups of boiling water and watch in amazement at how immediately the color leaches out of the petals and into the water.
Stir, put the lid on and let steep for about 15 minutes. You will have a really nice deep red color. Take the petals out and set aside.
Add 3/4 Cup of agave and stir.
After it cools down for a few minutes, add the juice of 2 limes. Now, just throw in 4 cups of cold water and, viola, you’re ready for a delicious cup of tea!
I tossed a sprig of fresh mint in the glass with the ice. This tea is so delicious and easy! There’s so many different colors of hibiscus. My husband and oldest son were on a bike ride and found these gorgeous purple flowers in someones landscaping. Don’t worry, they were just laying on the ground.
I made a tea out of them as well and it tasted the same. It was odd when I was steeping them though because the color came out of the petals but the water basically turned a light grey color. Amazingly enough, I added the lime juice and all of a sudden the water turned bright pink!! This might have been my favorite part of this whole process! It was gorgeous!
Happy tea making!