Some people enjoy hibiscus tea for its naturally sweet essence and others drink this tea for its beneficial vitamins. Whatever your motivation, hibiscus tea is simple to make and delicious when you enjoy it hot or cold. If you grow hibiscus flowers in your own garden, you can easily pick the blossoms and dry them for several days prior to using them to make tea. Alternatively, purchase dried hibiscus blossoms to use for making tea.
Clip the hibiscus blossoms from the plants while they are at peak bloom.
Place the blossoms into the colander and separate the petals from each flower. Reserve the petals and wash them thoroughly under cool water.
Spread several layers of paper towel out onto a flat surface and place the hibiscus petals onto the paper towels in a single layer. Make sure the petals do not touch each other.
Leave the petals undisturbed for several days to dry. Transfer the petals to fresh paper towels after three days and continue to allow them to dry undisturbed. When the petals are crumbly and crispy, they are dry enough.
Remove the petals from the paper towels, crush them slightly and place the dried petals into the glass jar.
Fill the teakettle with water and heat it to boiling.
Place 1 tbsp. of dried hibiscus flowers into the bottom of a teapot. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the teapot, pouring it over the hibiscus flowers. Cover the teapot.
Allow the water and flowers to steep for five minutes and then pour the water off into the teacup (leaving the hibiscus flowers in the teapot).
Sweeten the hibiscus tea with honey, if you desire.