Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him until he gets distracted, or something like that.
You asked and I am delivering! Here is my very own recipe for Hibiscus Sweet Tea. This recipe makes a large batch, 4 liters or a gallon. We have a large 5.6 liter jar with a spigot I normally use for brewing Kombucha, which I poured into bottles for a second ferment, and put my SCOBY away until after the party.
Hibiscus is a flowering bush and the tea is made from dried flowers from the plant. It has amazing health benefits and is something you can grow in your backyard! However, in our climate, AKA Canada, choose a hardy variety. Hibiscus is something we will be adding to our medicinal garden this spring because it is useful and beautiful!
Health Benefits of Hibiscus
Lowers bad cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and is full of antioxidants. It prevents colds and flu because it is loaded with Vitamin C and other minerals, it acts as a diuretic and aids in weight loss. It also reduces anxiety and depression, protects the liver, can prevent pre-cancerous cells from growing.
Hibiscus Sweet Tea
4 liters of water
1.5 cup of hibiscus rosehips
1.5 cup of sugar
Boil 4 liters of water. Add hibiscus rosehips and let steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool until room temperature.
Strain tea with a fine mesh strainer to remove the little bits and place in your pitcher. Add lots of ice and enjoy!