For the month of April, I decided to highlight Thailand. I guess I’ve just had Thailand on the mind lately. So far I’ve posted a recipe for delicious Thai Mango Sticky Rice and I’ve shared my incredible experience at the Phang Nga Elephant Park. My Instagram feed has also been packed with beautiful photos from my Thailand trip. Go check it out!
I know April is coming to a close in a couple of days, but I still have a few recipes and posts up my sleeve. Although, I’m thinking I may end up taking this theme into May since there’s so much to share with you… I mean, you obviously can’t forget about Thai curry!
Wow…Thailand. I seriously love the country. It’s so beautiful there. And WARM. I’m really kind of missing that right now, especially since the weather has been absolutely crazy here in Utah! One day I’m wearing sandals and shorts, the next I’m finding myself bundled up in a coat and boots. I think it even snowed a little bit today. Ugh. Can it just be summer yet?
If the weather doesn’t want to get warm anytime soon, then I may as well bring summer into my home with a tall glass of hibiscus iced tea. Yes. You heard me. HIBISCUS iced tea. You know that beautiful little tropical flower? This tea is made with them! I picked some dried hibiscus flowers up at the local Hispanic market in town, but you can just as easily buy them on Amazon.
I was completely unfamiliar with the concept of hibiscus tea until I was welcomed with some at my resort in Thailand. Tart, yet with a hint of sweetness similar to that of cranberry juice, this iced tea is simply refreshing. Definitely the perfect way to enjoy a hot summer day (or at least give yourself an excuse to think it’s summer). And the best part? Hibiscus tea is PACKED with health benefits! Sounds pretty great, right?
I know hibiscus iced tea may sound like quite the process, but it’s actually extremely easy to make. The dried hibiscus flowers are simply boiled with water and sugar (or honey) long enough for the flowers to steep. Serve the tea over ice or diluted with sparkling water and top with a squeeze of lime, and you’ll have a delightfully invigorating drink!
Hibiscus Herbal Iced Tea
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 3/4-1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup honey)
- Sparkling water or ice cubes
- Lime, optional
Bring the water, hibiscus and sugar (or honey) to a boil.
Reduce heat, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquid has turned a dark red.
Remove from heat and strain the flowers. Allow tea to cool and place in the refrigerator.
Serve over ice or diluted with sparkling water, and top with a squeeze of lime if desired.