How to Make Hibiscus Tea

Learn how to make hibiscus tea with this easy 2-ingredient recipe! This flavorful drink is delicious hot or iced, and it has amazing health benefits.

Hibiscus tea

I make this hibiscus tea recipe at least once a week. In the winter, I enjoy it hot, the ruby red drink reviving me when the weather is cold and gray. In the summer, I crave it iced. On a warm day, its bold, tart flavor is intensely refreshing.

I’m sharing my go-to method for how to make hibiscus tea below. If you’ve never tried it, I hope you’ll give it a go! It’s delicious and SO simple to make. This hibiscus tea recipe calls for 2 ingredients and requires under 5 minutes of hands-on prep. Plus, it has some amazing health benefits. Read more about them below.

Dried hibiscus flowers next to jar of honey, fresh mint, and raspberries

What is hibiscus?

Used on its own, the term hibiscus refers to a genus of temperate and tropical plants. In this post, I’m talking about a specific type of hibiscus, hibiscus sabdariffa, also called roselle. Native to Central and West Africa, roselle is now cultivated and consumed around the world. Though hibiscus leaves are edible, the calyx and flowers of the hibiscus plant are more widely used for making teas, jams, and syrups. For example, in the Caribbean, dried roselle flowers are used to make Jamaican sorrel drink, a sweetened hibiscus beverage spiked with ginger, cloves, and allspice. In Mexico, these same dried hibiscus flowers create agua de Jamaica, a hibiscus agua fresca.

Among hibiscus drinks, this hibiscus tea recipe is about as simple as it gets. You only need two ingredients: dried hibiscus flowers and water. Because there are no other mix-ins here, it’s a great way to get familiar with the flavor of hibiscus. It’s fruity and tart, not unlike cranberry juice. I think you’re going to love it!

Hibiscus Tea Benefits

Hibiscus tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea. As detailed by this Cleveland Clinic article, it’s thought to have a number of health benefits:

  1. It’s packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and beta-carotene, which fight harmful free radicals in the body.
  2. It reduces inflammation.
  3. Studies have shown that drinking hibiscus tea may even lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Check out this article to learn more about the side effects and health benefits of hibiscus tea!

Pouring water into pitcher with dried hibiscus flowers

How to Make Hibiscus Tea

This hibiscus tea recipe is SO simple to make! Here’s how it goes:

  1. Place 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers in a quart-size Mason jar or pitcher.
  2. Pour in 4 cups of filtered water and stir.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator until the tea is bright red, at least 20 minutes. Let it chill overnight for a deeper color and flavor.
  4. Strain the mixture into a pitcher to remove the hibiscus petals.

Serve this tea in glasses filled with ice. If you like, stir in a sweetener such as honey, agave, or maple syrup to taste. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and raspberries, and enjoy!


  • Make it fizzy. Top off a glass of strong iced tea with sparkling water. Add a squeeze of lime juice for a citrusy kick.
  • Spice it up. Before you stick the tea in the fridge to chill, add a cinnamon stick to the pitcher or jar. I love its warming flavor with the fruity and floral notes in this drink!
  • Make hot tea. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers in a mesh tea infuser. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the hibiscus and enjoy the tea with honey and lemon juice.

Hibiscus tea recipe

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Hibiscus Tea

rate this recipe:
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves 4
Learn how to make hibiscus tea! Totally caffeine-free, this vibrant drink is tart and refreshing. If you can't find dried hibiscus flowers at your grocery store, they are readily available online.


  • ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups cold filtered water
  • Ice, for serving
  • Sweetener of choice, such as sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave, optional
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, for garnish
  • ¼ cup raspberries, for garnish


  • Place the hibiscus flowers in a (1-quart) jar or medium pitcher. Add the water, stir to combine, and chill until bright red, at least 20 minutes. For a deeper color and flavor, chill overnight.
  • Pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl or pitcher to remove the hibiscus flowers. Pour into glasses filled with ice and sweeten to taste, if desired.
  • Garnish with fresh mint and raspberries.


5 from 6 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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  1. Don

    Can you use the spent flowers since they look so good, or do you pick them at full bloom?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Don, we’ve only made this recipe with commercially dried hibiscus flowers, so I can’t speaking to making it with fresh or home-dried ones.

  2. Kristina P

    5 stars
    This was so easy and so good. We happened upon a dried hibiscus flowers at our local farmers market and found your recipe. We threw in mint to steep with the flowers. So good! Thanks.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Kristina P

    5 stars
    This was so easy and so good. We happened upon a dried hibiscus flowers at our local farmers market and found your recipe. We threw in mint to steep with the flowers 🌺 So good! Thanks.

  4. Oren

    About making tea from growing a hibiscus plant, How? Like picking some leaves or only flower to dry up? Hope to hear about that! Thank you!!

  5. Jan

    5 stars
    Hibiscus tea has known blood pressure lowering properties, and it’s also delicious! I added some fresh ground ginger to mine, and I used honey as the sweetener. I wonder how it would be to let it steep with the mint leaves instead of just using them for a garnish. I may try that next time!

  6. Addie’s mom

    Spice House sells hibiscus flowers in small quantities if you want to try this. Free shipping on what they call flat packs. I buy the majority of my spices from them fast shipping great quality.

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