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