Tea made from the dried petals of the hibiscus flower has been imbibed for wellbeing for centuries. It’s caffeine-free, packed with antioxidants, and has even been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. For our purposes, though, it’s enough that this refreshing tea tastes amazing.
1 litre of water
½ cup of raw sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (or 4 hibiscus tea bags)
Heat the water, sugar and cinnamon stick together until all the sugar is dissolved and the water is boiling.
Remove from the heat then add the hibiscus leaves. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let sit for 20 minutes.
Strain the brew into a jug and discard the hibiscus flowers and cinnamon stick.
Refrigerate until cold then pour into individual jars for taking to your picnic. Leave enough room at the top of the jar to add a good handful of ice and a sprig of mint when you are ready to serve.