We’re huge fans of our Hibiscus Blossoms here at Tugboat- tasty, gorgeous to look at and caffeine-free, it’s a real all-rounder!
What is it?
Hibiscus ‘tea’ isn’t really a tea at all, but a tisane- a brew of a plant that’s neither tea or coffee. In this case,it’s a herbal infusion made from the dried magenta coloured calyces of the lovely Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower plant. These are the leaf-like parts of the flower that enclose the developing flower bud.
The plant grows in tropical climates and is enjoyed as either a tea or a cold drink in many of these regions.
As hibiscus flowers produce a naturally caffeine-free brew, it's great for those who want something light and refreshing. Enjoyed hot, it's a great fruity drink- simply brew a couple of hibiscus blossoms in boiled water for 5+ minutes, add sugar or honey to taste and enjoy.
Alternatively, hibiscus tea can be enjoyed cold- and we promise that it's a real thirst quencher! Why not have a go at making our simple Mexican style agua fresca recipe for hot days?