Time for (iced) tea

With summer turning on it’s scorching best here in Brisbane chilled drinks are all the go.


This refreshing, colourful and tasty hibiscus iced tea hits the spot perfectly.


Health benefits of hibiscus

Hibiscus sabdariffa is a plant native to Persia and Egypt where it was traditionally, and rather fittingly, used to maintain normal body temperature and fluid balance.


Modern research has explored the possible benefits of hibiscus for heart health. A small study showed drinking three cups of hibiscus tea per day for six weeks resulted in an average 10mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure (in those with hypertension). It’s also shown potential to maintain healthy cholesterol balance.


The high content of anthocyanins, are responsible for the deep ruby red of hibiscus tea and make it a powerful antioxidant. It also contains a useful amount of Vitamin C.


Be sure to add some Hibiscus iced tea to your summer drinks menu.

Hibiscus Iced Tea

A delicious and refreshing Summer drink
Course: Drinks
Keyword: herbal tea, iced tea
Servings: 4


  • 1 litre Filtered water, freshly boiled
  • 1 tbsp dried hibiscus


  • Add the dried hibiscus to a large heat proof jar or teapot
  • Pour over the freshly boiled water and let steep for 10-15 minutes depending on how strong you like it.
  • When cooled strain out the hibiscus and refrigerate until chilled
  • Use within 48 hours.


Serving notes:

  • Serve in tumblers with ice and garnish with spearmint or lemon balm.
  • Make a stronger version and serve it half and half with mineral water


  • If you like it sweeter, add your preferred sweetener (honey, sugar or maple syrup) to the hot tea. I like to add 1/2 tspn of dried Stevia leaf.
  • Add 2 tspns of licorice root or 1/2 vanilla bean pod when making the tea.

Need help with your health?

Norelle Hentschel is an experienced Naturopath with a clinic in Stones Corner, South East Brisbane and also offers Telehealth consults Australia wide. She enjoys supporting her clients to reach their health goals.


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