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Iced Cold Brew Hibiscus Tea - Fresco de Flor de Jamaica

This healthy, cold brew Hibiscus Tea or Fresco de Rosa de Jamaica is a ruby-hued iced tea that's refreshing to enjoy any time of day.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Guatemalan, Latin American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Steeping time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 24kcal
Author Michele Peterson
Cost $2

Equipment

  • Pitcher
  • large pot
  • fine mesh sieve

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water filtered, purified or distilled
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers or flor de jamaica
  • 1/2 cup apple juice preferably no sugar added, low acid - not apple cider
  • fresh mint and slices of lime

Instructions

  • Place the dried hibiscus flowers in a large glass jar, bowl or pot.
  • To make the concentrate, pour three cups of purified cold water over the flowers.
  • Allow the flowers to steep in the water for at least two hours but not longer than 4 hours.
  • Strain the concentrate through a fine mesh sieve, strainer or colander with small holes (or lined with cheesecloth) into a large glass serving pitcher. Discard or reserve the steeped flowers.
  • Chill for several hours. Add the remaining three cups of water to the concentrate in the pitcher. Stir gently.
  • Add apple juice to the pitcher to taste according to your sweetness preference.
  • Stir and serve in tall glasses over ice.
  • Garnish with fresh mint and lime.

Notes

  • This cold-brew hibiscus tea recipe uses apple juice instead of refined sugar for sweetness. Add it to taste depending on the tartness of the flowers you purchase and your own preference. 
  • Store the prepared iced tea in the refrigerator for up to five days. 
  • Reserve the flowers for use in a recipe (tacos de Jamaica or salsa) or discard.
Note: Nutritional information is created by online calculators so the figures are only estimates.

Nutrition

Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 3mg