Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

A cold and refreshing glass of iced tea is the perfect drink to sip on for just about any occasion. At SpiceJungle we offer many loose leaf teas, but no other tea seems to have the unique flavor and vibrant color to that of hibiscus tea. Bright magenta pink in color, floral and citrusy in flavor, hibiscus flowers can be steeped to make a refreshing and caffeine-free iced tea.

While many of you may have seen dried hibiscus flowers used in our loose leaf teas, hibiscus tea can also be made by steeping hibiscus powder (ground hibiscus flowers) in hot water to bring out the bright and tangy flavor. It can also be added to fruit juice and alcoholic beverages for an added twist of color and flavor.

Hibiscus Powder

My favorite way to utilize this beautiful powder is in a simple tea steeped as you would any other tea but with a small amount of granulated honey. Wait... granulated honey? Yes, granulated honey! Pure honey is dried and processed into granules that are perfect for hot teas, coffee, baked goods or any specific application where honey might be utilized. (And it's a lot less messy too!)

Hibiscus tea is beautiful and tastes fantastic but the best part is the health benefits associated with the tea; it’s caffeine-free, aids in healthy cholesterol levels and helps to lower blood pressure. It is also used as a detoxifier in many countries as well as a perfect drink for those suffering from diabetes or high blood sugar (minus the granulated honey, of course). If you have never experienced a refreshing glass of hibiscus tea I encourage you to try this recipe! It may just become your favorite go-to drink!

Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

Yields 2 cups


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons hibiscus powder

  • 2 tablespoons granulated honey

  • lime to garnish
brown sugar sticks (another optional sweetener)


In a small saucepan place the water, hibiscus powder and granulated honey. Place on medium heat and bring mixture to a simmer. Stirring occasionally. Simmer for five minutes, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve (to remove the hibiscus particles) into a pitcher. Chill overnight.

Serve with lime wedges and ice.

*If the tea is not sweet enough for your liking you can use our brown sugar sticks to sweeten the tea as well!