The other day I got chatting with a customer about the best way of making Hibiscus Iced Tea. After looking around a bit, and trying out some ideas, I think the following two are the best recipes for Hibiscus Iced Tea. (If you think you got better ones, feel free to share. Summer is approaching and it good to stock up on ideas to make it more fun!)
The first one is by Hiedi from 101 Cookbooks and the other is NYtimes from their Dining & Wining section.
Recipe#1 Hibiscus Iced Tea
4 cups water
1/2 cup hibiscus tea
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/4 cup of Agave)
Another 3 cups of cold water
More sugar to taste
1 lime, thinly sliced
First off, pick out a pot that won't stain. Hibiscus has the potential to stain just about anything it comes in contact with including your countertop, cookware, wooden spoons, favorite jeans, etc. So keep this in mind.
Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove water from heat and add the dried flowers and sugar. Place a lid over the pot and steep for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice along the way to break down the sugar granules.
Pour the infusion through a strainer into a pitcher or jug (this is usually where something gets stained). You are going to want to add about 3 more cups of cold water to the pitcher. Taste and adjust based on your personal preference. You can add a bit more sugar if you think you need it, or more water if you feel like the jamaica is too overpowering.
Cool completely and serve with plenty of ice in glasses garnished with a slice of lime.
Recipe#2 Hibiscus Hot Iced Tea
1 ounce (a heaping 1/2 cup) dried hibiscus flowers (see note)
1/2 cup sugar
1 small fresh habanero chili
Ice for serving
It's getting hot out there. It's only June and we have a rare heat advisory out today. One of the things you can do to stay cool and energized is make yourself a iced coconut matcha latte. Its a very easy recipe to follow. (Check out the video at the end).
It's getting warm and toasty out there. Guess what's it time for? Iced Tea!!!
Let me share with you today a very easy method of making iced tea. It is a method we use at Leaf Tea Bar. It is a very easy way to make iced tea this way. There is no need to wait for the tea to cool, and you can make this practically with any tea. I love it with Darjeeling first flushes and other lighter delicate teas.