By: Elizabeth Toy
With all the holiday feasting and get-togethers with friends and family, sometimes I want to cozy up with a beverage that’s on the lighter side.
This winter, reach for a steaming hot mug of hibiscus tea.
You may have seen it at tea shops, under the name Roselle tea or if you’re like me, at your favorite Mexican taqueria next to the tamarind and horchata, labeled as Jamaica (ha-my-kah). You’ll know it when you see it because of its ruby red color.
Work pomegranates into your holiday meals for another pop of that beautiful, deep red on your plate!
It may surprise you that hibiscus tea is consumed all over the world, including in West Africa, Malaysia, the Middle East, Italy, Thailand, and Mexico, to name a few. In Panama and the Caribbean, where it’s called sorrel, hibiscus tea is a traditional Christmastime drink.
It’s also known to be a medicinal beverage in many places and is the drink of choice for toasting in wedding celebrations in Egypt and Sudan. It’s no wonder because hisbiscus tea is refreshing, has a lovely color and a wealth of health benefits, whether you enjoy it hot or cold.
Got a minute? Make a mugcake to have with your tea, almost instantly!
Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea
- Boosts metabolism and helps with gradual weight loss
- Relieves high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Helps treat liver disease
- Relieves cramps and menstrual pain
- Reduces the risk of cancer
- Relieves digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems
- Rich in Vitamin C
- Helps treat hypertension and anxiety
Curious? Try it for yourself or serve this beautifully festive beverage at your next gathering. Don’t forget a slice of this Victoria Sponge Cake, too!
- 1/2 cup of beet sugar (more to taste)
- 1/2 cup of dried hibiscus tea flowers
- 2 quarts (8 cups) of hot water
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and sliced (opt.)
- 2 sticks of cinnamon (opt.)
- Combine all ingredients in a heat-proof pitcher or carafe
- Pour hot water into the carafe and steep 5-10 minutes or until the tea is deep red in color; stir.
- Strain out the hibiscus flowers, ginger and/or cinnamon sticks before serving (optional)*
*Note: don’t steep your tea for too long or it might develop a bitter taste.
Another bonus: because it’s caffiene-free, you can sip it right before sinking into a cozy slumber for the night.
Have you tried Jamaica or any other version of hibiscus tea? Tell us in the comments!
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