Spiced Hibiscus Tea

If you are looking to put a new spin on classic tea recipes, try this tea using Hibiscus flowers…it has somewhat tart and lemony taste.

Hot tea with fresh Hibiscus flowers is a quick, easy and painless recipe that everyone can try at home. This spiced floral drink tastes mild spicy and the gorgeous deep red colour of the drink makes it a royal addition to any occasion. It creates a bouquet of flavour in your glass.

My favorite part of brewing this tea at home is the colour of course. You can enjoy this drink hot or cold, but it’s best when served piping hot especially during winters.

The drink is sometimes called Roselle or Rosella in Australia… Sorrel in Jamaica, Belize, Barbodas, Guyana, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago. Red Sorrel in the wider Carribean and Agua/Rosade Jamaica or simply Jamaica in the United States, Mexico and Central America. It is also known as Zobo or Bissap in Western African countries like Nigeria and Karkade tea in Egypt. (Courtesy : Wikipedia).

Benefits of Hibiscus Tea :

  • It has been known to prevent hypertension
  • It lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Keeps your liver healthy
  • Helps with menstrual cramps
  • Aids digestion
  • Lowers depression
  • Reduces cancer risk
  • Rich in vitamin C and contains minerals
  • As I added spices, it clears cold, cough and sore throat.

  • Side effects of Hibiscus Tea :

  • Hibiscus Tea can affect estrogen levels which means that it has an effect on both pregnancy and fertility.
  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding women should avoid this tea.
  • If you are on any birth control pills or any kind of harmonal treatment, avoid taking this tea.
  • How often should you drink hibiscus tea :

    Like any other herbal teas, you should not take this in excess too. 1 cup of tea per day is good enough. Do not go overboard since the tea has some side effects as well and can harm you instead of benefiting if taken in too much quantity.

    Category : Beverage

    Cuisine : Indian

    Author : Jyo

    Makes one serve


    • 6 to 7 fresh Hibiscus flowers
    • 1 and 1/2 water
    • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1/2 tsp Saunf/fennel seeds
    • 2 cloves
    • 1/2 inch cinnamon
    • A pinch of fenugreek seeds
    • 6 to 7 fresh mint leaves
    • A pinch of freshly ground pepper
    • 1 cardamom
    • 1/2 inch ginger, crushed
    • 1 tbsp jaggery or any sweetener of your choice
    • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


    1. Remove the calyx or the green part at the base of the flower to which the stem is attached and remove the pistil, a thread like part in the center of the flower holding the yellow pollen of each flower.
    2. Wash petals well to remove the dust.
    3. Bring the water to boil in a sauce pan.
    4. Add all the above said ingredients except lemon juice.
    5. Lower the flame and simmer for 10 minutes.
    6. Then remove from heat, strain the tea through a sieve or other fine-mesh strainer, pressing on the flower and spice solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
    7. Add lemon juice, mix and enjoy hot🔥. It really soothes your throat and palate.

    Tips :

    The flower will stain some types of bowls with its dark red colour. So it’s best to use non-corrosive materials such as glass or stainless steel when making this tea.

    You can replace jaggery with honey or sugar or any sweetener of your choice.

    Adjust lemon juice to suit your taste.

    You can make this tea with dry hibiscus flowers. They are available on online but a bit expensive ☹️.

    If you don’t have flowers, don’t worry, just make spiced tea with out flowers, follow the same recipe and  it too tastes great.

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