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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Hibiscus Lemongrass Iced Green Tea


Green tea infused with hibiscus and lemongrass is a very refreshing and delicious drink . Flavoured with lemon juice , honey and mint this iced tea is a perfect summer treat. Hibiscus lemongrass iced green tea with a gorgeous natural colour in shades of red and mild citrus taste is full of antioxidants and is revitalising. It can be enjoyed as a hot brew or cold drink at any time of the day all year round. This flavorful iced green tea serves as a immune-booster and a healthy alternative to carbonated and sugar laden drinks.


Before we move towards the recipe, let us first see the health benefits of the ingredients that go into this flavorful tea. 

We all know that green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. These include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other impressive benefits

Lemongrass, also called citronella, is a tall, stalky plant. It has a fresh, lemony aroma and a citrus flavor. It’s a common ingredient in Thai cooking and bug repellent. Lemongrass is also used as a folk remedy to promote sleep, relieve pain, and boost immunity. One of the most popular ways to enjoy lemongrass is in tea. Lemongrass tea is used as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps, bloating, and hot flashes.Lemongrass Tea benefits includes detoxifying the body, preventing anaemia, increasing the body immunity, supporting healthier skin, relieving insomnia and treating headaches and migraines. Other benefits include supporting respiration, treating diabetes, treating fever and aiding digestion
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Hibiscus is described as a flowering plant of family malvaceae. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to cure liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants, while also helping in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety. Source


You may use green tea bags or loose leaf to make this tea. Try to use non flavoured green tea. I have used Lipton green tea leaves in this recipe. Here I have used the fresh lemon grass growing in my backyard. You may use fresh or store bought dry ones which ever is available. Either fresh petals of hibiscus or the dried ones may be used. I have plenty of Hibiscus plants growing near my apartment. Fresh flowers go in as offerings daily for our pooja ( worship). What do you do with those flowers the next day ? Our nirmalya ( pooja offerings) of a week or 15 days is used in making manure for our potted plants. Recently i have started  drying the pooja offerings of rose and hibiscus flowers and use them in my daily cooking and garnishing. Here in this recipe i have used the dried flowers of hibiscus. Use of sweetener is optional. I have used little honey in this recipe. So lets get started.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5-7 minutes
Serves: 2 large glasses

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Lemongrass stalks
  • 5-6 dried Hibiscus flowers
  • 2 teaspoon green tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cups of water


  Method:
  1. Rinse the lemongrass stalks and cut them into pieces of about 2-3 inches. Place water and lemongrass in a sauce pan or kettle and bring it to a rolling boil. Next tip in the dried Hibiscus flowers and allow the mix to boil for another 2-3 minutes.



2. Put off the flame and allow the solution to cool down a bit. By now we can see the water has taken up a beautiful red colour. At this stage add the green tea leaves and cover the sauce pan. Let the tea brew for 5-7 minutes. Now strain the tea in a big pitcher or mixing bowl.





3. Squeeze out juice of one lemon into it followed by the addition of honey. Give a quick stir . Our Hibiscus Lemongrass green tea is ready. You may sip it immediately or allow it to cool down in a refrigerator for couple of hours and serve it cold .





This Hibiscus Lemongrass iced Green Tea recipe is featured in the #153 rd #FoodieMondayBlogHop with #typesofTea theme. Do check out my fellow bloggers posts as well for some innovative ideas on this theme.

                          

Recipe Notes:
  • This tea can be enjoyed as a hot brew or cold drink at any time of the day all year round.
  • Use of sweetener is optional. I have used little honey in this recipe. You may use agave or maple syrup if desired.
  • Fresh petals of Hibiscus flower or its dried form may be used in the recipe.
  • Pregnant ladies and lactating mothers should consult a doctor before consuming this tea.

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22 comments :

  1. Wow, this is so very unique! I've never tried out hibiscus tea before. It looks so good! :)

    ~Priya Iyer for www.thephotowali.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Priya..do give it a try..I am sure you would love the lemony aroma and flavor in the tea

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  2. Love the color and can feel the lemony aroma too. Lovely share.

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  3. Love the color of this tea :) Lovely Poonam...love the click

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  4. Beautiful colour and such a delicious sounding tea. I've had hibiscus tea and love it. Mint and lemongrass with hibiscus must be so flavourful. I would love to buy some of the dried hibiscus. Where did you buy them from?

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    1. Thank you di. I have used home dried flowers ..we get Hibiscus flowers very easily here

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  5. Wow Poonam what a lovely color. This sounds so flavourful and refreshing. Superb share.

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  6. This looks gorgeous and light and refreshing and yummy!!  

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  7. Such a lovely colour this tea has and sounds very flavourful too. Now I need to hunt for dried hibiscus:)

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    1. Thank you di..you can use fresh hibiscus flower petals too in this recipe

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  8. Wonderful combination Poonam.Love the colour of this Tea.Fantastic share

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  9. What a brilliant colour of the tea and love the details of health benefits

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    1. Thank you Seema..I am glad you liked the post

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  10. Very interesting post!! You have shared so amazing things and ideas. Thanks for that. I really enjoyed to read it.
    I used to start my day with a cup of "Green Tea With Lemon Loose Tea



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  11. Nice post! Try for the Indian Organic Tea online which is good for health and also available at the best price.

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  12. Great post! I taste this recipe you are using fresh hibiscus flower petals too in this recipe. Thanks again
    cold pressed juice

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