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Remember how I said I was getting into drinks?

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Yeah, well I really was not kidding, and this sweet tea is the reason why. It’s pretty much an antioxidant, flavor packed, energizing sweet tea. And I mean, the color isn’t so bad either. I think I get a boost of energy from just looking at it.

Gosh, I love this pretty ruby-red color. Color like this in food…naturally, just makes me ecstatic. No really.

Also, hibiscus is positively a new favorite ingredient. Like oh my gosh, such a good flavor! And just cause I feel like a few of you may be wondering where you buy hibiscus, I purchased a giant bag of dried hibiscus flowers from Amazon (because I am clearly their number one customer) and I now have so many hibiscus recipes running through my head…obviously summertime themed because that is just where my head is at these days.

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

So where to start today?? Hmm, well, I guess let’s follow-up on yesterday’s chat about the horses. The horse dude, Mike, stopped over to look at the property on Wednesday and chat about details and such. Of course, when he stopped by, I was outside my house/barn/tiny home in my Lululemon tights, with my thick knee socks (which I was only wearing because I was hiking earlier, and with all the mud, tall thick socks are currently required) and a pair bright green sneakers looking like a total freak, taking photos of food in the ONE patch of green grass that finely decided to surface this week.

So it’s me, this Mike dude and my neighbor Vern, who is in the middle of doing some outside work around the barn, just standing over my plate of food looking at each other… talking horses. Then the questions start “so what you doing here”? UGH. Time to explain the awkwardness of what it is exactly that I do.

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

So I explain (lately I have just been saying that I am a recipe developer/food photographer to make things understandable). That was fun – not. And then it comes,”so wait, you do this, as like a career?”  Yes, I do. Next one, “but wait, how old are you”? Again, UGH. All this time, my neighbor Vern is just sitting there laughing, probably because he asked all the same questions when he first meet me and discovered that I cook all day, spend hours working on photos and then write about it all at night.

And yeah, all this chatting is going on over my pretty set up of food that was now getting cold and gross. Enter giant sad face on me. Plus, I pretty much felt like the biggest dork standing, hovered over food with my hair up in a super messy bun and crazy person outfit. I promise, I don’t always wear such bright colors, it was just on odd day for me.

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Finally, my dad appears and gets me off the hook. He breaks up our little pow wow, and he and Mike go off to talk details. Luckily Vern’s, gotten to know me and took no offense. Sadly, I couldn’t save the food from looking, well, cold, so a re-shoot is in order…which is actually OK because it’s a delicious recipe.

AND the horse talk apparently went well. So double fingers crossed.

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Since we are on the subject of horses I feel like I should mention that this sweet tea is totally southern, horse-farm approved. Or well, I think it should be anyway.

And speaking of all things southern, I am on a HUGE southern food kick (which you will discover real soon). I am thinking that this is due to the fact that when I think of summer, my mind goes south. Sweet tea, peaches and fried chicken (with a side of corn bread…of course). Maybe it is obvious, but I semi wish I could spend a summer in a southern state. Like bring on the heat, humidity and freshly picked, sun-ripened Georgia peaches.


Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Anyway, my point in all of this babble is, one, I’m very excited for the possibility of horses coming to the family farm (and the goats this weekend!!) and two, this sweet tea is amazing. I hope it’s giving off major summertime vibes because that is what I’m going for (even though it’s May…but Memorial Day is so close…just getting you all prepared).

The tea is actually beyond easy to make and unlike the sweet tea you get at the drive-through, this one is actually packed full of healthy things for our bodies. Apparently, I am on a health kick this week too. You saw these bars, right? And this bowl? And this pasta?

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

SO. This tea is a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, a hint of lime and basil. It is honey sweetened without actually having to add any processed sugar. Yeah!!

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

It’s still perfectly sweet, but yet incredibly refreshing! Oh, and I made some super fun ice cubes too with edible flowers. All you do is add some edible flowers to an ice-cube tray and pour water over them, freeze and done! Beautiful ice cubes, that make your drink just that much more fun. Seriously, the ice cubes and their pretty red color (from the dried hibiscus flowers) probably made my day. Like I was jumping out of my skin excited about them.

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Clearly I had way too much fun with this post, BUT it’s just a fun, healthy and refreshing late spring/summertime drink. Hip, hip, hooray!!!

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Hibiscus, lemongrass and Basil Honey Sweet Iced Tea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 1 Quarts
Calories Per Serving: 211 kcal

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  • 5 cups water
  • 1 lemongrass stalk thinly sliced, plus more stalks for serving*
  • 1/4 cup honey or more to taste (may sub coconut sugar or maple syrup for vegan version)
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice plus lime slices for serving


  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium size pot. Remove from the heat and add the lemongrass, honey, hibiscus flowers and basil leaves. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and discard the used lemongrass, hibiscus flowers and basil.
  • Stir in the lime juice and taste, if needed add more honey. Chill until cold. Serve over ice with a fresh lemongrass stalk, basil and lime. Enjoy!

Hibiscus, lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | @hbharvest

Lesson to takeaway from this post: Make this hibiscus, lemongrass, basil and honey sweet iced tea this weekend and all will be good with the world.

PS. This may just be my healthiest, most colorful Friday post to date. Cool!

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  1. 3 stars
    Like, oh my gosh this recipe was a total wow! The colors, the herbs, the total naturalness was way cool.

    Too bad it took so long to read through the drivel to get to the recipe, which gets three stars The blog gets one plastic straw. The hibiscus calyxes that you steeped are not the flowers; they are the dried, fleshy bases of the blossoms, but not the petals. Oh, and don’t boil everything in an aluminum pot and you really do not want to eat the hibiscus calyxes. A ‘recipe developer’….egad!

  2. This looks so good – and healthy, too! I cannot wait for my lemongrass to come up so I can try this. Your photography is absolutely beautiful, too.

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  4. This hibiscus is known as Rosella here in Australia. Its a common (often hidden in small print) ingredient in those Rosehip teabags you buy…so you could substitute rosehip teabags. Rosellas are very easy to grow in a warm climate… not a showy flower like Hawaiian hibiscus but quite beautiful nonetheless. AND you get vitamin C rich food from them. Makes delicious jam somewhat like we made from the beach plums on Fire Island.

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  6. Being here in a southern state in the summer, I too think about sweet iced tea, and peaches in the summer…because it’s about the only way to survive the summer! This beautiful hibiscus tea will be another great tool in my survive-the-summer drink arsenal 🙂 Can’t wait to make it

  7. Oh my, lemon grass and hibiscus are two of my three favorite teas since I was a little girl. I grew up having these often – along with chamomile and mint. My mouth is watering looking at these pictures! Beautiful combination ? ??.

  8. Made your lovely refreshing tea. Made it with fresh hibiscus and since there was lemongrass in it to suggest Thailand, I made it with Thai Basil. Very nice. Will brew it again.

  9. You can grow your own hibiscus.. I grow them here in VA.. One plant in the ground two in pots; with seeds purchased from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange or Renee’s Seeds. I also grow lemon grass which is very easy but started from plants. And since I have basil in the garden I’m off to make some tea!! Thanks for the recipe.

  10. This looks great. If you live near a hispanic market you can get dried hibiscus flowers there for probably much cheaper than Amazon.

  11. This drink is colorfully refreshing. You are very creative to come up with such drink. i will surely try this one!

  12. Awesome . Looks wonderful. In Nigeria we call it zoo. Basically the same receipe we mostly use fresh pineapple for flavour or the back well washed of course. Then some people add artificial flavouring to get different tastes but my favourite is made with fresh ginger. Awesome picture. Am new to Ur blog and definitely loving it.

  13. Hello, after reading this amazing article i am also glad to
    share my knowledge here with colleagues.

  14. That tea is probably the most amazing tea I’ve seen. Just stumbled upon your blog.. I’m liking it!

  15. This is so gorgeous! I love hibiscus tea, so I’m pumped to try this recipe! It sounds amazing!

  16. I’ve never had sweet tea! But this looks like the perfect recipe to try. So funny btw- we also posted a drink recipe today! …ours is alcoholic however… and I feel like vodka would not be a bad addition to your sweet tea! 🙂
    ♥ Heather

  17. This looks way to pretty to drink, like it should be made and put out as a centre piece!

  18. Tieghan this sweet tea looks amazing! I love the edible flower ice cubes! I am in Charleston, SC right now for my son Sean’s graduation and I am enjoying all the sweet tea I can drink, but its not lookin as pretty as yours! If you love Southern food Charleston is the place to be. Sean just took us to a tiny place yesterday that had THE best Southern fried chicken ever! Can’t wait to see your Southern creations!

  19. Just gorgeous. And those ice cubes though. Wow! I guess I need to get myself some hibiscus STAT! Have a great weekend, T!

  20. You can totally spend some time in a Southern state, we have a guest room:)
    All we ask is a meal now & then. Everyday? Great! Our house is Loud & full of boys, so you won’t get homesick. Plus you can pick your inspiration right from the garden…

    1. Made this yesterday, this morning went to get a cup, & it was all gone…so it Must B good!
      I used fresh flowers from 2 hibiscus trees

  21. This looks so light and refreshing! And I’m lovin’ those ice cubes.
    P.S. If anybody is just dyin’ to make this and can’t wait for an Amazon order, a lot of Mexican groceries also sell hibiscus.

  22. This is gorgeous! And I love all the flavours. Will definitely be making a batch next spring!

  23. Absolutely beautiful photos. This iced tea recipe looks wonderful and I’m definitely putting my order in for some hibiscus flowers today. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Ok, Love the drink. Love the cubes. But Hibiscus plants, still trying to love! Go ahead and put in your order but realize they shed!!!! My wife has a million of these and winterizes them and they shed all over the house, especially when she forgets to water them. Then I have to water them and get cranky. Just warning you!!!!

  24. Love how refreshing this sounds! And what’s weird and embarrassing to you is interesting to the rest of us- I highly doubt many of us have or will be interrupted while squatting over a plate of food to talk to horse breeders (;

  25. You are right, absolutely gorgeous colour! I love the ice cubes. They would also look gorgeous in clear and light-coloured drinks. Just imagine the view when they start to melt into them!