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This drink is absolutely refreshing, tangy flavors come through from the lemon and the hibiscus flower, slightly sweetened with local Florida raw honey. It has become a favorite summer (or Florida Spring!) afternoon drink!
Why you will love it?
This Hibiscus Honey Lemonade is a healthy and refreshing alternative to sugary sodas and juices. With the natural sweetness of honey and the tangy flavor of fresh lemon juice, it’s a guilt-free way to quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, the hibiscus adds a beautiful pop of color and a subtle floral note.
You can also enjoy this drink while it is hot like a traditional hibiscus tea.
Ingredients for Hibiscus Honey Lemonade:
- Dried hibiscus leaves: these make or break the entire drink. I highly recommend using dried hibiscus loose leaves that are typically used for brewing tea. The hibiscus tea bags may work as well, however, it may result in a more diluted lemonade.
- Lemon Juice: The base for any lemonade is freshly squeezed lemon juice. It is packed with vitamin C and tangy flavor!
- Honey: you can use your favorite honey. I use local Florida raw honey as a sweetener. You may also use coconut sugar to taste, I like this one.
Tips for success:
- Use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is way better than the pre-packaged stuff.
- Use dried and loose hibiscus leaves as they will give you that floral hibiscus taste. It is typically less expensive than the tea bags and you can use less quantity.
- Bring the water to a full boil before adding the hibiscus leaves and let it rest for more than 1 hour to completely infuse the tea. I usually let it steep for 4-5 hours.
- Add the lemon juice once the base has cooled to keep it fresh.
- You may want to add more or less honey depending on your taste. If you like your drinks with low levels of sweetness add half the amount of honey and taste it. You may also want to add more so taste it when adding the honey.
- Cool in a glass jar in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours. This will keep your drink concentrated instead of diluting it by cooling it with ice. You can serve it with less ice later and still enjoy a delicious drink!
Hibiscus Honey Lemonade
- 8 cups of water – divided
- 8 tsp of dry and loose hibiscus leaves about ⅓ cup.
- ¾ cup lemon juice
- In a pot over medium-high heat, bring 6 cup of water to a boil.
- Turn off the heat and stir in honey and the dried hibiscus leaves. Steep for at least 1 hour.
- Filter out any of the leaves and add the remaining 2 cups of water and the lemon juice.
- Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator until cold and ready to serve.
- Serve with or without ice and add a few slices of lemon.
- The minimum brewing time recommended is 30 minutes I prefer leaving it for at least 4 and storing it in the refrigerator to cool completely until the next day.