Hibiscus Berry & Mint Iced Tea Cocktails

It’s Friday friends and it’s warm and overcast here in Cincinnati. Which I actually prefer–give me a summer rainstorm and I’d be in heaven. No matter where you are or how hot or cold it is, fear not, I’ve got us all covered! Is there a better way to cool off on a hot (currently humid) summer afternoon than with a tall glass of homemade lemon, mint, and strawberry infused hibiscus iced tea? The answer is a resounding YES! If you add in Heritage Distilling Hibiscus flavored Vodka.

Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea

This tart and sweet drink is brightened with fresh lemon and mint and bursting with juicy muddle strawberries. This is the drink you enjoy with friends on a shaded porch on balmy afternoons. This is the drink you guzzle under leafy trees at the neighbor’s BBQ. This is the drink you sip poolside while dozing under an umbrella and your latest summer read. This is the summer drink my friends.

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If you’ve never had hibiscus tea (its actually more of an infusion) it’s tart and bold. Hibiscus flowers are the primary component in my favorite drink jamaica (hah-MY-kah). Many Latin American or Mexican restaurants offer the ruby red drink, reminiscent of punch and perhaps a bit of cranberry—but it’s deeper in flavor. You can usually find dried hibiscus flowers in the Latin foods sections of your market or at a natural foods store.

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This is the perfect holiday weekend cocktail to bring to the beach, lake, or backyard BBQ. It can be served sans alcohol for those who are abstaining or are too young to drink. It’s also wonderful topped off with (unsweetened) sparkling flavored water for an effervescent refreshment!

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Hibiscus Berry & Mint Iced Tea Cocktails
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. For the Tea
  2. Makes about 8 cups
  3. 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
  4. For the Simple Syrup
  5. Juice from one lemon
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. Zest from 1 lemon
  8. ½ cup mint leaves
  9. For the Drinks
  10. Hibiscus Tea Ice Cubes
  11. 6 cups prepared hibiscus tea
  12. 8 oz. Heritage Distilling Hibiscus Vodka
  13. 2 cups sliced strawberries
  14. 1 Tbsp. lemon zest + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  15. Lemon juice for rimming the glass
  16. Mint for garnish
Instructions
  1. Make the Tea
  2. It’s best to make the tea and ice cubes the night before.
  3. In a medium saucepan bring 8 cups of water to a boil.
  4. Turn off heat and add hibiscus flowers.
  5. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove hibiscus flowers and allow tea to cool to room temperature.
  7. Meanwhile make the simple syrup.
  8. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
  9. Add in lemon juice, zest, and mint.
  10. Simmer on a very low heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. When the syrup has a nice minty flavor, turn off the heat and strain into a heat-proof jar or bowl to remove mint leaves.
  12. Add syrup to tea and mix until combined.
  13. Pour into a glass pitcher and refrigerate until chilled.
  14. You can always make the tea more or less sweet by adjusting the amount of simple syrup. The rule for making simple syrup is using equal parts water and sugar.
  15. If you want, at this point use about 2 cups of tea to make some tea ice cubes. I also placed some extra sliced strawberries and a few mint leaves in each cube. This is totally optional.
  16. Freeze ice cubes for about 4-6 hours.
  17. Make the Drinks
  18. Rim 4 glasses with lemon juice and dip into lemon zest+sugar.
  19. Muddle ½ cup strawberries in each glass.
  20. Fill glasses with hibiscus ice cubes.
  21. Pour 2 oz. of vodka in each glass along with 1½ cups iced hibiscus tea.
  22. Stir, garnish with mint and enjoy!
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2 Comment

  1. This looks perfect an so delicious! Have you maybe tried making it without sugar? Is it too sour? I must say, I love your photos, so pretty 🙂
    Anja
    Use Your Noodles

    1. Christine says: Reply

      Hi!

      Thank you so much! I’ve tried without sugar, it is very tart. But I’ve made it several ways, it just depends on the overall flavor I’m going for. You could also use honey or agave!

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