Super refreshing plus low in calories this non-alcoholic summer drink is one everyone needs, Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler. Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this drink will be your new go-to!
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Refreshing Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler
I’ve been making this drink for myself for years and finally figured I would share it! It is such a fun summer drink so I hope you like it!
I am a huge fan of hibiscus tea, the first time I tried it was years ago, it was a Starbucks hibiscus iced tea. Since then I tried many variations of it including a popular blend from Tazo Tea called Passion and then I decided I liked it so much I ordered a 1 pound bag of loose hibiscus flowers so I could make my own tea (and FYI I never regretted getting a bag that large).
If you aren’t familiar with hibiscus tea you are more than likely to recognize it as a flower, it is a large bloom usually pink or red that are native to warm subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world.
So technically speaking it isn’t truly a tea but a herbal tea. It is naturally caffeine free, bright red, and known to have a floral but tart flavor almost comparable to cranberries.
It can be drank hot or cold but my personal preference is cold.
While it is recognized worldwide it is most commonly found as a beverage in Mexico and the carribean, as well as the rest of Central America and parts of South America. In these places you will most often seen it drank iced or made as part of aguas frescas. And while the beverage I am sharing with you today is a little different than an aguas fresca it does have some similar characteristics.
Brewing Hibiscus Tea
Now in the recipe below I assume you already have the hibiscus tea made but in case you don’t it is super simple.
To start, like I said before I use my bulk bought hibiscus flowers, I use Frontier Co-op off of Amazon:
You can also use hibiscus tea found in tea bags like Luzianne Iced Hibiscus Tea or you can use can even use a blend like the Tazo Passion I mentioned above.
I prefer making it cold brewed. To make it cold brewed you will want to add:
1.5 teaspoons + 1 cup water
(I usually double that and make 2 cups at a time). I add it to a jar or bottle with a lid, give it a shake and let it brew in the fridge overnight.
The next morning I use a mesh strainer to remove the hibiscus from the tea. It is that easy.
You can also make it warm, brewing it like a typical herbal tea and then cool it down in the fridge.
So now that you have your hibiscus tea ready lets make this delicious hibiscus iced tea sparkler.
How to make a Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler
Add 1 or 2 lime wedges and a small handful of ice to a large glass.
Fill glass halfway with the hibiscus tea, fill the remainder of the glass with the lime seltzer. Stir and enjoy immediately!
Now for a sweeter flavor you can add in a teaspoon of honey or sugar. Before adding the seltzer, stir the sweetener into the tea until dissolved. Just note sweetening the tea will add calories and alter the nutrition facts, although 1 teaspoon of sugar is only 16 calories, so still low calorie!
Is Hibiscus Iced Tea Healthy?
If you don’t over-sweeten it, yes!
Similar to other herbal teas many people claim health benefits, for example some people claim it might lower blood pressure but there is not a lot of evidence to back up most of the health claims.
BUT since it is an herbal tea it is low in calories! One 8oz cup of hibiscus tea contains only 2 calories! So if you are looking for a great beverage to sip on without the guilt, this is your drink!
If you like this recipe you might like my other drink recipes:
- Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
- Skinny Gingerbread Tea Latte
- Kid’s Healthy Orange Juice Mocktail
- Kid’s Steamed Milk Recipe
Or if you are into adult beverages I will point out this wouldn’t be bad with a shot of tequila or vodka if you are looking for a good low calorie mixer!
- 6oz unsweetened hibiscus tea
- 6oz lime flavored seltzer water
- 2 lime wedges
- Add lime wedges and ice to a large glass. Fill glass halfway with the hibiscus tea, fill the remainder of the glass with the lime seltzer. Stir and enjoy immediately.
For a sweeter flavor add in a teaspoon of honey or sugar before adding the seltzer, stir into the tea until dissolved. (Note, sweetening the tea will add calories and alter the nurtition facts, although 1 teaspoon of sugar is only 16 calories.)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.
Lauren, The Schmidty Wife