Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hibiscus Tea and Join June's No Ordinary Blog Hop (NOBH) !

Before the puppet show that I hosted at my house a few weeks ago, I prepared hibiscus tea for the first time and the moms and children at the show loved it (and our family did too!).  My children's Spanish teacher, Delly at Delly's Deals, gave us a handful of dried hibiscus flower petals and told us that this delicious beverage was easy to prepare and very popular in Mexico.  It was so good and very easy to prepare.  Did you know there are great health benefits to sipping down this tasty drink too?  For a recipe and the health benefits you can read more HERE.

Here's how we prepared our hibiscus tea:
All you use are the dried hibiscus petals (in front of photo in sandwich bag), water and some sugar.

  Add enough cold water to cover the petals and simmer until the water gets bright red.

 Drain hibiscus juice into a pitcher leaving the petals in the strainer.  I have read that you can dry the petals after their first time use and make another batch of tea, then discard the petals.

We then added a little more than 1/4 cup of sugar (add as little or as much sugar as you prefer) to the warm hibiscus juice to help the sugar dissolve easily in the water. 

We then filled the pitcher with cold water to the top of pitcher and mixed the tea.  We refrigerated the tea and served it cold.

My son loved it and so many others.  It is a refreshing drink and reminds us of fruit punch, but without all the artificial flavors and tons of sugar that alot of juices have.

My friend, Delly, said she could only find one Mexican store locally that sold the hibiscus petals.  Have you ever found hibiscus petals or tried this great hibiscus tea?  If not, I encourage you to go on a hunt for the petals and make some tea for yourself!  It will be worth your time and preparation!

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Another thing that I think is worth your time is visiting and linking up to No Ordinary Blog Hop (NOBH) that I co-host with Lynda, Anna-Marie and our newest hosts, Melissa, Kara, and Christine!  Today starts a new month for NOBH which means new posts and a new set of blog buttons for you to choose and place on your blog and/or posts!  So go check out NOBH, have fun and meet new friends!






6 comments:

That tea sounds really good. I have never seen hibiscus pedals here (although I have never looked). I wonder if our health food store has some. We do have a couple Mexican stores as well I could check. May have to do that. I looks yummy!

That sounds so yummy, too cold for Hibiscus plants here but I am going to pass it on to my mother and see if she can give it a try. Sound great.

Mike K said...

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I have put together a daily blog intended to be used as an additional study tool for you and your child. History, math, science, vocabulary, and geography are given every day many with a link to the document to study. I also have researched sources that I hope may be helpful to you as an aide for your child. The site is actually very child friendly in terms of use.
I ask you to visit it and see what it has to offer. The first post “The Furniture of the Human Mind” will explain the site and hopefully you will look around.
Thank You
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Tracy said...

HI Christine,
I hope you find some of the hibiscus petals since this is so delicious and easy! :)

Tracy said...

Hi Anna-Marie!
I hope your mom gets a chance to try it :)

Tracy said...

HI Mike,
I'll have to check out your site soon.

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