A delicious herbal iced tea recipe, this Maple-sweetened Hibiscus Iced Tea recipe is a unique, refreshing iced tea perfect for hot summer days.
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Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe
My daughter is an iced tea fanatic – she would drink it all day long if I let her. (And her favorite thing is when she’s allowed to order it for breakfast on vacation.)
While I don’t mind her having some of the regular iced tea, it does tend to have a lot of caffeine and sugar in it, so we tend go the homemade route most of the time.
I also like using herbal teas or fruit blends to avoid the caffeine in regular black tea, and using whole food sweeteners like maple syrup instead of sugar.
Maple Syrup is one of my favorite ways to add a touch of sweetness to food. It provides nutrients like manganese, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
For this post I partnered with Crown Maple syrup which makes the purest maple syrup on Earth using unparalleled production technology, including dissolve air floatation, industrial ultraviolet lights, reverse osmosis and three stage evaporators. I love everything about this New York-based maple syrup – from the gorgeous packaging to the amazingly pure taste.
I was able to sample several of the Crown Maple syrups and maple-based products and while their Dark Color Maple Syrup is delicious on everything, real maple syrup connoisseurs will love the Madagascar Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup, the Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, and the Applewood Smoked variety. I also picked up some of their maple sugar to replace brown sugar in a few of my baked goods.
The name of the brand is also a cheeky reference to the Crown Maple trees the brand uses to make its syrup. Mature trees have large “crowns” (thick top branches) which indicates that they are a great source of syrup – the bigger the crown, the better the syrup.
Hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers (ever since our first trip to Bermuda) and it lends this tea a unique herbal-fruity taste and also brings it’s own nutritional A-game, with antioxidants, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. It’s been proven to help reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol, and is helpful for those suffering with IBS or anxiety.
I like to also mash a couple of raspberries into my glasses of hibiscus tea to really bring out the herbal tea’s natural fruitiness, but my daughter doesn’t like the bits of fruit floating in the glass so you can achieve the same effect with a splash of raspberry juice, or just enjoy this hibiscus maple iced tea as-is.
Our Hibiscus Maple Iced Tea is a pretty and unexpected ice tea with a light herbal-fruity taste that is pleasant and not overpoweringly floral. It’s bright pink color makes it a pretty option for entertaining and is always a hit with little fans of the color pink!
Check out our video for how to make Hibiscus Iced Tea Sweetened with Maple Syrup and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free recipe printable!
Ingredients for Maple Hibiscus Iced Tea
- 3 Tablespoons dried hibiscus (food-safe)
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Crown Maple Amber Maple Syrup, to taste
- Ice, as needed
- Raspberries or raspberry juice, optional
Tip: the baking soda is great for reducing bitterness if you leave the tea steeping for too long.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Pitcher or mason jar
- Ice cube tray or ice maker
How to Make Hibiscus Iced Tea
Place the dried hibiscus and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Once the mixture begins to boil, immediately remove from heat. Cool for at least 2 minutes before straining the dried hibiscus out of the water.
(I like to pour the mixture into a large measuring cup with a fine-mesh sieve set on top.)
Stir in the optional baking soda, and the maple syrup, to taste.
Cool on the counter for 20 minutes before placing in the fridge. (Sudden temperature changes can cause glass to shatter.)
Cool completely, about 1 hour.
To serve, fill glasses with ice and pour the hibiscus iced tea.
If adding raspberries, mash a couple into the glass with the ice or just add a splash of raspberry juice to the pitcher of hibiscus tea.
Grab your free printable for our Maple Hibiscus Iced Tea recipe:
A delicious herbal iced tea with just the right amount of sweetness, this hibiscus maple iced tea is the perfect caffeine-free iced tea recipe for your summer get-togethers.