Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea Infusion Recipe

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Last Updated on August 5, 2020 by Ellen Christian

This rosehip and hibiscus tea infusion is a refreshing summer drink that is loaded with Vitamin C. Make up a pitcher today to enjoy.

I am all about flavored drinks to enjoy in the summer but I like to make my own to control the amount of sugar and the ingredients used. Have you had a chance to try any of my other beverage recipes? This elderflower lemonade is made with just a few ingredients and sweetened with honey. Or, this lilac lemonade is one of the first summer drinks I make using fresh lilacs. My lemon mint iced tea is a wonderful way to use up extra mint in your garden.

Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea Infusion Recipe

Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea Infusion

Making tea with flowers is one of my favorite things about summer. There are so many different options that give your iced tea or lemonade a wonderfully floral, fruity taste. I’ve written before about making rosehip tea for upset stomachs. But, this rosehip and hibiscus tea infusion is made just because it’s delicious.

These two flowers go so well together that they’ve been used for years in wellness routines.  Rosehip has been used for indigestion, colds, and flu. And, hibiscus has been used for upset stomachs, anxiety, and fevers.  And, since this hibiscus infusion is also made with honey, it’s good all around.

Of course, you don’t need to feel off to enjoy a glass. It’s a wonderfully refreshing iced tea recipe for a hot summer day. 

dried rosehips and hibiscus in glass jars

Frequently asked questions

Is rosehip the same as hibiscus?

No, they are two different things. Rosehips come from rose bushes. They are the “berry” of the rose plant. And, the hibiscus flower comes from a hibiscus plant. They are often used together because the tastes complement each other. That’s why they are used together in this rosehip and hibiscus tea recipe.

two glasses of iced tea with lemon in front of a pitcher

Can I use a different sweetener?

Yes, you can change the sweetener to your preferences. Honey is one of my favorites because it’s good for you. We buy local raw honey from a farm near us. But, if you are watching your carbs or your sugar intake, you can make this with stevia or with your choice of artificial sweeteners. Or, you can use regular sugar. 

You can also adjust the level of sweetness up or down. I don’t like super sweet drinks. But, if you are used to sweet tea or sweet lemonade, you can add a bit more to your rosehip and hibiscus tea.

a glass tea pot with rosehip and hibiscus tea

What does rosehip and hibiscus tea taste like?

Honestly, it tastes a little bit like fruit punch but not quite so sweet. It’s great during the day as a refreshing summer drink. Or, because it has no caffeine, you can enjoy rosehip and hibiscus tea before bed. To enjoy it hot, just use it before you add the ice.

This rosehip and hibiscus tea infusion is a refreshing summer drink that is loaded with Vitamin C. Make up a pitcher today to enjoy.

Making the tea

To make your rosehip and hibiscus tea, you will need a blooming tea maker like this one.  I’ve written before about how much I love the Tupperware Blooming Teapot but it’s not available any longer sadly. The one I linked to works quite well too.

Using an infusing teapot makes the process of letting the rosehips and hibiscus infuse so much easier.

an infusing teapot on a wooden hot pad

If you don’t have one, you will need to use a metal strainer and a low, glass bowl. Let the strainer sit in the water with the rosehips and hibiscus so that you get the full flavor in your tea. It will need to steep for about 15 minutes.

After that, you can pour it into your favorite pitcher and add sweetener. At this point, you can also add lemon juice if you want a hibiscus lemonade. It has a wonderfully sweet and tart taste that’s irresistible.

a pitcher of herbal tea that is brightly colored with ice

Cold-brew rosehip and hibiscus tea

I generally make my tea hot and then let it cool down because it’s faster. I can add extra ice to it to cool it down. But, if you want to make this cold brew style, you can do that. What you need to do is to soak the rose hips and hibiscus in 6 to 8 cups of water in the refrigerator. Let it sit for one to two days to get the full flavor.

You must keep this rosehip and hibiscus tea in the refrigerator while it infuses to prevent the growth of bacteria. Once it has infused, you can add your favorite simple syrup or honey to sweeten it.

Yield: 6

Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea Infusion Recipe

This rosehip and hibiscus tea infusion is a refreshing summer drink that is loaded with Vitamin C. Make up a pitcher today to enjoy.

This rosehip and hibiscus tea infusion is a refreshing summer drink that is loaded with Vitamin C. Make up a pitcher today to enjoy.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of rosehips
  • 4 tablespoons of hibiscus
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey
  • 2 to 3 lemons
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Bring 3 to 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, add the rosehips and hibiscus to a metal strainer or your infuser pot.
  3. Once the water is almost boiling, pour it over the tea leaves.
  4. Let it steep for 15 minutes.
  5. Pour the tea into a large pitcher.
  6. Add honey and the juice of lemons.
  7. Add several cups of ice and let it cool down.

Notes

You can also use reusable tea bags if you prefer instead of the metal strainer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g

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