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Hibiscus Sweet Tea

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My Hibiscus Sweet Tea recipe is perfect for a refreshing treat to bring to any party. Hibiscus or Flor de Jamaica, are flower leaves. The most common version sold in grocery stores is red but they can also be yellow, white, or a peach yellow.

Hibiscus has been known to help with several ailments, from lowering blood pressure, helping an upset stomach to weight loss. This powerful plant has many benefits and turning it into a southern sweet tea is one of them.

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Hibiscus Sweet Tea Cooking Tips:

The longer you steep the hibiscus leaves (no more than 2 hours) the deeper the flavor.

The sugar helps to balance out the bitter hibiscus similar to all ingredients that have some healing power. 

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Can you make ahead?

Fridge: Hibiscus Sweet Tea: Can be made one or two days in advanced.

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Substitution Options:

You can use your favorite tea bags (green tea, black tea etc.) for this recipe.

what to serve with Hibiscus Sweet Tea?

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So, if you’re looking for a fun and unique drink to bring to your next party, give my hibiscus sweet tea recipe a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed! And don’t forget to leave me a rating once you make it. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Hibiscus Sweet Tea

Hibiscus Sweet Tea

Kenneth Temple
My hibiscus sweet tea recipe is perfect for a refreshing treat to bring to any party. This powerful plant has many benefits and turning it into a southern sweet tea is one of them.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine African, American, Caribbean, Southern
Servings 15 persons
Calories 207 kcal


  • 2 oz. dry hibiscus leaves
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 bags ice tea
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 trays of ice cubes
  • 1 lemon sliced thin


  • Turn the heat on medium in a small pot add hibiscus leaves, sugar, 4 tea bags and 2 quarts of water, bring to a boil and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon remove hibiscus leaves and tea bags. Fill a gallon pitcher, with remaining water, sweet tea and ice, stir a few times, taste and adjust sweetness. Serve in individual tall glasses filled with ice, garnish with lemon slices.


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg
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