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Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea

Happy Thursday! And most importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM!!!! IMG_1289She is such an amazing woman and she inspires me all the time! I mean, she ran her first marathon at 62 (after 40+ years of running) and took 3rd in her age group. All-star! Love you mom!

Anyway, almost the weekend folks! And I loved all your “greater than” statements. They are cracking me up. To reward you for your funny comments, I shall share a new, favorite creation: Ginger Hibiscus Tea.

When I went to the epic J.Crew warehouse sale, we were all f-bomb starving afterwards and ate a a great restaurant in Asheville, Salsas. The food was amazing but even more amazing was their ginger-hibiscus tea.

So a few weeks ago when I took my parents to a really fun Hispanic grocery store in town and saw dried hibiscus flowers, I knew I had to attempt to recreate the tea. It couldn’t be that hard, right? Just ginger and hibiscus!

Now to be honest, I’m not sure where you would find dried hibiscus flowers in your neck of the woods. But they are worth looking for so you can make this.

(Update: The lovely Larissa commented that Tazo sells hibiscus tea so you could buy that if you can’t find the actual loose dried flowers.)tea-1

Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea

Makes 1-2 servings and can be doubled or tripled easily.

  • 2 c water
  • 2 heaping tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 – 1” piece of ginger*, peeled and sliced
  • sweetener, to taste

1. Add the water, hibiscus flowers, and ginger to a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

2. Once the water begins to boil, remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.

3. After 15 minutes, strain the ginger and flowers using a fine mesh strainer. Transfer to the fridge to chill.

4. Once chilled, serve over ice and sweeten to taste. Enjoy! If you feel like being all fancy, garnish with a lemon or mint leaves. That’d sure be purdy.

*I love ginger so I used a 1” piece. If you don’t want a very strong ginger flavor, use less.

Tell me something you love about your mom!

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Larissa
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    tazo sells a passion tea that i think is hibiscus if fresh cant be found.http://www.tazo.com/tazo.asp?init=

    • Reply
      Teri
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      cool – thanks for sharing! I’ll update the post!

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    Clare @ Fitting It All In
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    Happy birthday to your mom!
    I love that my mom works hard and plays hard. She goes non stop all day, but then makes time for a workout and drinks with girlfriends:)

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish
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    I love hibiscus flower tea! What a fabulous summer drink 🙂

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    Cat @Breakfast to Bed
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    Other than the fact that my mom is the most awesomest person on the planet? That about sums it up. If you like hibiscus tea, you can order awesome hibiscus syrup from PHsodaN Co and it makes the best hibiscus soda-ever.

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    odelsa
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    Happy Birthday to your mom! She is beautiful! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Kristin
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    Oh my gosh you look so much alike! Beautiful momma, happy birthday to her! So funny I almost bought some hibiscus iced tea at Peete’s Coffee this morning but went with the coffee. I’ll definitely be trying the tea next time!

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      Teri
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      we hear a lot that we look alike but we don’t see it! 🙂

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    stoppingfordaisies
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    Happy birthday to your mom! And I’ll have to try that tea sometime!

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    Maren
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    Hey Terri! You may not remember me but I spent years taking flute in your basement.:) I found your blog through some mutual friend… probably someone from the holladay apartments, can’t remember who. Anyway, thanks for your great food and fitness tips. Always love when you post. And happy birthday to Little Becky! Tell her hi from me!
    Becky’s bread > anyone else’s…I remember eating it at your house and I’ve saved your post of the recipe.

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      Teri
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      oh my gosh Maren! Of course I remember you!! I’m so happy you commented!! I hope you are doing well!

  • Reply
    Katie
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    Happy Birthday to your mama, she’s beautiful!

    I love that I have NO memory of my mom EVER yelling at me in my life. She is the most patient person alive.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      wow, that is really impressive!!!

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    joy
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    happy birthday too your mom

    my mom has gone to the big party in the sky. But I love talking about her and work hard at being half the woman she was. One of my fave mom stories is shortly before she died the patriots were in the playoffs and as the game started she emerged from the coma she had been in for weeks and asked to go to the living room (she apparently had heard the pre game) she watched that game with every ounce of life she had left in her, “her boys” didn’t let her down. At the end of the game she asked to be carried back to bed. I did and just as I put her down the phone rang I grabbed it and it was my nephew calling from basic training he told me that something in him told him he had to call. I told him to hold on 1 second and I hand the phone to my mom. The next thing I heard was her saying hush hush don’t let them see you cry they’ll call you Sally. She told him she loved him gave me the i love you sign and slippedback into her coma never waking again. My nephew is a navy man and finishinghis tour in Afghanistan he says she has been there with him – I don’t doubt it a second

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      Teri
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      wow, what a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Alaina
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    This tea looks so good for a summertime drink! I love ginger but don’t know if I ‘ve ever had hibiscus.

    I love my mom’s zest and excitement for life. She runs races, she sings in a quartet, she loves to go to hockey and baseball games. She’s just so much fun to be around. 🙂

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
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    This tea sound amazing! I needed a good recipe for a coldtea drank 🙂 THanks!

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    Jess
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    Our Moms share the same birthday! Happy Birthday to your Mom! I love that no matter what I do in life, whether she agrees with it or not, my Mom supports me 100%. And she is the type of Mom who is not overly opinionated on what I do in my life, she only gives me advice or her thoughts on something if 1. I ask or 2. She feels like I may be in danger or something of that sort. I have learned so much from her and am carrying the lessons she has taught me through in raising my son!

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      Teri
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      Happy (belated) birthday to your mom too!

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    Cate
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    Mmmmm… Agua de Jamaica! My husband has made this a few times but never with ginger…that sounds like an awesome addition! Fortunately there are a million Mexican grocery stores not too far from here, so it’s super easy to find hibiscus flowers (another perk of being in California!)

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    Brindi
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    One thing I love about my Mama is that she will do anything for anyone, and she always puts EVERYone before herself. Sometimes I don’t think this is a good trait bc she needs to have time/money for herself, but God gave her a beautiful, giving heart. Love you, mama!

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    Cara
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    That tea looks soooo refreshing! I can’t wait to make some on a hot day!
    Happy Birthday to your mom!!!! I would have to say my mom is awesome she taught me tons in the kitchen and has always put our needs before her own. Yay moms!

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    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health
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    Hi! I’m new to blogging and just found your site…it’s awesome 🙂 I LOVE my mom! She has shown me that I can look forward to getting older because she has so much fun with life!

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    Kristin S
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    The tea sounds interesting! I must explore my other tea options more often.

    As for my mother, my favorite thing about her is how she makes me laugh! She and I always end up in tears from laughter when we’re together 🙂

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    Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza
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    Happy Birthday to your mom! That’s amazing about the marathon.

    I love the advice I always get from my mom…she’s so wise and always seems to know the right thing to say when I need it. Moms rock 🙂

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    Pure2raw twins
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    Happy birthday to your mom!! She is beautiful!

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    Green Groats
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    Mmmm. this looks like a great tea recipe. I SO want to try it. Iced tea is just the best.

    Running a marathon at 62 is pretty amazing! Your mom does sound amazing!!

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    hannah
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    I just found this post looking for a copycat recipe for salsas Ginger Hibiscus tea. I have only had in the winter when they serve it hot. But we asked how they got it so sweet and they said when they cook it they add a whole banana to the pot! I loved that idea and wanted to share

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      Teri
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      thank you so much for sharing! I would have NEVER thought to use a banana to sweeten it! I’m guessing they just put it in there while it’s steeping and then throw the banana out?? interesting! I’ve got to try that!

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