If there was ever a drink created in life to sip from while in your back yard on a hot and humid summer night while watching the sun go down, it is iced tea. I am so glad I made this when I did because the humidity that has come along with all this rain in the midwest is not okay with me anymore. Everyone was in need of something light a refreshing and this was the answer to our prayers.
So here’s my twist on iced tea.
I brewed up some delicious Hibiscus-and-Berry Iced Tea infused with fresh thyme for everyone to enjoy during these humid days and nights.
The acids naturally in hibiscus flowers are known for their potent antioxidant properties. It is rich is vitamin C, anthocyanins, and flavonoids. Hibiscus has been used to combat stress, fatigue, coughs, colds, prevent bladder infections, relieve menopausal hot flashes, and help with constipation.
Some research has shown hibiscus to be effective for:
Lowering high blood pressure
Lowering high cholesterol
Improving digestive health
My favorite health benefits is hibiscus aids in weight loss. It inhibits the production of amylase, which aids in the absorption of carbohydrates. Although more research is needed to show sufficient evidence for the effects of hibiscus, it has been used since ancient times.
Hibiscus-and-Berry Iced Tea infused with thyme
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cool Down: 1 hr
Serves: 2.5 gallons or 40 (8 oz)
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers, organic
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 cup honey or your sweetener of choice
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
1. Place water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add hibiscus flowers and honey into pot. Continue to boil over high heat for another 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously until honey dissolves.
2. Change heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp.
3. Meanwhile, muddle strawberries, blackberries, and fresh thyme in tea pitcher with a wooden spoon.
4. Once tea cools, using a fine mesh strainer, strain liquid into pitcher. Push down on hibiscus flowers in strainer with spoon to extract any excess liquid. I added some of the soaked hibiscus flowers in the tea pitcher with the thyme and berries for added flavor. Add additional water until pitcher is full to dilute color and enjoy. Keep refrigerated until next use.
Personally, I do not like extremely sweet drinks in general. This made the honey a perfect addition for me. Try adding 1 tsp of stevia in the raw, honey, agave, or sugar per 8 oz of liquid if you like a sweeter beverage.
Do not throw the hibiscus flowers away! I kept mine to use them in many different ways. My favorite, candied hibiscus flowers. I will be writing a post for that recipe soon, so keep an eye out for it.
Dried hibiscus flowers are not always the easiest to find. I bought these at a market in the city where they were dirt cheap. I suggest searching local farmers markets to find organic hibiscus flowers for reasonable prices.
Thank you all for continuing to visualize nutrition with me! Keep hydrated and refreshed with my Hibiscus Tea, I hope you enjoy it!
Per serving : Calories: 17; Total Fat: 0 g (Saturated Fat: 0 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 0.2 mg; Potassium: 8.5 mg; Total Carbs: 3.7 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g; Protein: 0.1 g; Calcium: 0.1%.