One of my favourite parts of the day is at around 2:30 in the afternoon when I have a quiet cup of tea in peace before the kids get home from school.
We originally started drinking hibiscus tea when Mr Attorney was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Many specialists recommended hibiscus tea because of the research that showed that it could help lower blood pressure for people with hypertension.
Diane L. McKay, PhD, assistant professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, found that drinking hibiscus tea can reduce systolic blood pressure.
It is a bright crimson brew that is a little bit tart and a little sweet and it can be drunk hot or cold.
To make a large quantity of this delicious brew use 2 heaped tablespoons of hibiscus tea to every 4 cups of boiling water. Infuse your hibiscus in the hot water for about 10 minutes. Taste for strength and steep more if you prefer. I like to drink my tea just like this but if you would like to turn this concoction into Hibiscus Iced Tea, add some honey, agave, simple syrup or your sweetener of choice with some lemon or lime juice, and a cinnamon stick. You could even add a dash of rum for a real Jamaican twist!
"I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It's sweet, sexy, and cleansing."
Mario Batali, American chef, writer, and restaurateur
Best wishes and happy tea drinking,