Ruby Red Romantic Herb Tea

There is only so much champagne one can drink on Valentine’s Day, but you can indulge in this bright, festive tea all night. And not only is this ruby red hibiscus tea wonderfully romantic (and quite possibly aphrodisiacal), but hibiscus is a great source of potent antioxidants. Romance and heart-health in one shot!

This is a slightly tart and tasty drink that can be served either iced or hot in your most beautiful glasses or cups before, during or after a meal. Add fresh orange rind spirals or (organic) rose petals to the pitcher as a colorful and zesty decoration. As an exotic alternative, freeze the tea in ice cube trays to add to mixed drinks, sangria, white wine, ginger ale, or fruit punch. Dried hibiscus flowers can be found in the tea section of natural food or gourmet stores, or ordered online.

4 cups filtered water
cup dried red hibiscus flowers
2 tablespoons lemongrass or lemon balm
2 tablespoons rose hips
Peel of one organic orange, cut into slices
Honey, to taste

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water to boil, then remove from heat. Add all ingredients except the honey. Cover and allow the mixture to steep for about 45 minutes or until deep red.

Strain, add the honey to taste, and stir to blend. Pour into your best medium-sized clear or cut-glass pitcher, chill for a couple of hours, and serve. Store, refrigerated, covered, for two days.

Adapted from Organic Body Care by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Publishing, 2007).

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Kelly Lowry
Kelly Lowry2 years ago

But alas when it is time for the champagne might I suggest the Best of Both Worlds. You see you can purchase dried hibiscus flowers which are OMG like sweet healthy candy, but I'm getting side tracked here. Trader Joes sells these dried little gems, so pop one in a champagne glass, pour your favorite champagne and watch the bubble dance plus the subtle sweetness is quite a treat and its really very beautiful. Enjoy the champagne soaked flower (in creatively romantic ways) Hibiscus flowers in syrup is divine on vanilla bean Ice cream. Cut up dried hibiscus is wonderful on a baby spinach salad use them in place of cranberries, just let your culinary creativity go wild.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

thank you

JL A.2 years ago

a nice option!

Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!!!

paul m.
paul m.2 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for the article

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Beverly Morgan
Beverly M.2 years ago

can't wait to try this ~ thank you!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Kay M.
Kay M.2 years ago