Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-colored calyces (sepals) of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) flower. It is consumed both hot and cold. Hibiscus tea contains 15-30% organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, which give it its characteristic deep red color.
1. Put the petals in a pan with the water.
2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Let cool, then filter into a jug and chill, covered with plastic wrap.
4. Serve chilled.
5. The drink is quite tart.
6. Add your sugar to taste.