Spiced Hibiscus-Ginger Tea

by Amy on 6 January 2015

Spiced Hibiscus-Ginger Tea | www.FearlessHomemaker.comHappy 2015! I hope your year is off to a fabulous start. =) After a break from blogging in December to maximize my family time during the holidays, I’m excited for a new year of cooking, crafting, photographing my creations, + sharing them with you. First up? This AMAZING Spiced Hibiscus-Ginger Tea. As some of you may know, I’m a HUGE lover of herbal beverages + teas. I even belong to a Tea Of The Month Club where I get to try a new blend every month. Surprisingly, I rarely experiment at home with making teas and herbal drinks, though. That will definitely now change, because this recipe turned out so delicious + was surprisingly simple to make.

This tea has amazing spicy, earthy, belly-warming notes from the ginger, allspice, + cinnamon, a tangy-tart bite from the hibiscus, some brightness from the lemon, + a hint of honey sweetness. This drink is wonderfully versatile – you can serve it hot or iced, and non-alcoholic or boozed-up with some bourbon. I actually loved this SO much as a non-alcoholic drink that I didn’t try the boozy version, but one of my friends who also has made this recipe assures me that the bourboned-up twist is wonderful. Since it’s caffeine-free, I’ve been enjoying a hot mug of it right before bed, which is such a nice, homemade treat.

As for where to get dried hibiscus flowers (also called Flor de Jamaica), many international or specialty food stores carry them. Or, they’re readily available online. I was lucky enough to get mine from a friend who brought them back from a trip to Nicaragua, but I promise, you don’t have to travel out of the country to get yours. =)

Spiced Hibiscus-Ginger Tea | www.FearlessHomemaker.com

Spiced Hibiscus-Ginger Tea

makes 8 cups/serves 12, adapted from Bon Appetit


1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled + thinly sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons whole allspice
1/4 cup dried hibiscus petals
1/8 cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups bourbon, optional
Lemon slices (for serving)


Combine 8 cups water, ginger, cinnamon, + allspice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat + simmer until flavors infuse liquid, 20-25 minutes.

Remove pan from heat + stir in the hibiscus petals. Cover + let sit for 10 minutes. Strain into another large saucepan if serving hot, or into a pitcher if serving cold. Add honey + lemon juice, stirring until honey is dissolved. If serving hot, continue to next step. If serving cold, chill for at least 3 hours.

Just before serving, stir in bourbon, if using. Serve in mugs or rocks glasses (with ice, if serving iced), garnished with lemon slices.

Do ahead: Tea base can be made 4 days ahead. Keep chilled until ready to serve, then serve iced, or reheat tea over low heat.

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1 Beth January 6, 2015 at 5:18 am

That sounds like the perfect drink to enjoy in front of the fire, Amy. Happy 2015 to you, too!

2 Amy (Savory Moments) January 6, 2015 at 5:31 am

This sounds really delicious with or without the bourbon. I’m a huge tea fan as well and know I’d enjoy this drink. Happy New Year!

3 Kathryn January 6, 2015 at 5:35 am

I love the sound of this! Just the right balance of sweet and floral and spicy; perfect winter sipping. Cheers!

4 danielle January 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

This cold weather has me consuming mass quantities of tea (and maybe some bourbon too at times.) This sounds so comforting. Happy 2015!!

5 sarah k @ the pajama chef January 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

homemade tea! what fun! this sounds wonderful. i just bought two new boxes of decaf tea for the winter so i can sip at night :) i need to try to make my own!

6 Shannon+@+Bake.Frost.Repeat January 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Looks amazing and I bet the addition of bourbon makes it perfect for these upcoming cold days we are suppose to be having. Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

7 Luv What You Do January 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

This looks incredible! I love tea and never thought to make my own.

8 Emily @ Life on Food January 7, 2015 at 5:43 am

Herbal tea is so pretty too. It just puts me in a good mood whenever I have a cup. Tastes good, looks good, smells good. Cannot ask for much more than that.

9 john @dropcam pro review January 7, 2015 at 11:51 am

This is something new that I have try, wife would love this (I hope). Did anyone tried the herbal tea? Does it taste good?

10 amy January 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

I’m definitely biased since I made it, John, but I think it tastes amazing! =P

11 Kelly January 8, 2015 at 4:51 am

Happy New Year, Amy! Hope you enjoyed the holidays with your sweet family :) This tea looks so pretty and sounds perfect to get cozy and curled up with by the fire! I love the warm and comforting spices in here!

12 Cailee January 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

Well doesn’t this look amazing!! Talk about a refreshing way to start 2015!! Lovely recipe girl!! Looks so nice! :)

13 Anna (Hidden Ponies) January 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I’ve just started getting into tea, and love it more and more each time! This is gorgeous! Happy new year, Amy :)

14 anna @ annamayeveryday January 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

Sounds delicious and a clean and zingy way to start the new year!

15 Choc Chip Uru January 12, 2015 at 3:31 am

Wouldn’t mind this great flavour in my tea 😀
Happy New Year!

Choc Chip Uru

16 easyfoodsmith January 13, 2015 at 1:02 am

Oh this does sound amazing and the colors are amazing too. Great post!

17 Adri January 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

This sounds great. I love the idea of the addition of ginger and spices. I make Hibiscus tea often in the summer, and we enjoy it as a base for various alcoholic drinks. This one sounds just terrific. Happy New Year to you!

18 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

I love tea – both for drinking AND for baking! I grew up drinking hibiscus tea (my Chinese grandmother is a big tea drinker). I know for a fact that hibiscus and ginger is a good combination for winter – to keep those nasty sore throats away, too!

19 amy February 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

Ooh, I didn’t even think to look up the health benefits of hibiscus (especially in conjunction with ginger, lemon, etc.) – how awesome that it tastes delicious AND helps ward off those winter sickies, too. =)

20 DessertForTwo February 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I’ve made this twice and LOVE IT! I use double the honey because I like it super sweet. I drink it hot and pretend it’s mulled wine (preggo over here), but my husband mixes it with bourbon hot or cold and loves it, too!
Thanks for a great recipe, Amy :)

21 amy February 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Oh, I am SO thrilled to hear that, Christina! I remember you tweeting last month that you were going to try it, and I was hoping that you loved it. Hooray! And it totally reminds me of mulled wine, too. =) Thanks for popping by with your nice feedback!

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