Monday Pick-Me-Up: Iced Wild Hibiscus Flower (Rosella) Tea

The perfect Monday pick-me-up… home-made, organic hibiscus iced tea.  But if you really want a kick then add a little gin or vodka to the mix ;)

My love brought home a big bag of these vibrant flowers after being talked into it by a farmer from the Miami Organic Markets last week.

Wild Hibiscus is actually another name for the Rosella flower.  I was told it has a heap of Vitamin C and many other benefits such as:

* purifies your skin

* helps with digestion

* reduce hypertension & cholesterol

* soothes colds and clears blocked noses

* promotes good blood circulation

* it’s a gorgeous flower and really looks fancy in glass of champagne or cocktail

There are various ways to make this but these are the farmer’s instructions for an iced tea…

  1. Peel off the flower petals (and do not use the bulb inside)
  2. Place the petals in a large glass jug or pot
  3. Pour boiling water over the petals and cover with a lid
  4. Leave overnight or at least 4 hours
  5. When ready to serve, pour drink (with flowers if desired) into a glass
  6. To sweeten: throw in some fresh mint leaves, agave or honey

The wild hibiscus has a slightly sweet and tangy taste and very refreshing as an iced tea.  But I’m thinking that I’ll use the remaining flowers for a glass of champagne with friends :)


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