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Honey Hibiscus Lemonade for Lazy Summer Days

I’ve been drinking hibiscus tea every morning for the past couple months.  As the temperature’s been climbing I’ve been thinking about how to turn my favorite morning habit into something suitable for hot, desert mornings.  I experimented with a half-and-half concoction of iced hibiscus tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade.  It was as delicious as I’d hoped it would be!

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Honey Hibiscus Lemonade

Course: Beverages

Serves: 6


  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3 tea bags
  • 6 lemons
  • 1/4-1/2 cups honey
  • water


  1. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags. I use the round Republic of Tea kind. Let it sit in the pot for a few minutes before transferring it to a pitcher.
  2. Juice the lemons into the pitcher and add the honey (I just eyeballed it).
  3. Taste your mixture and add water until it was the right balance of flavors. The lemon and hibiscus make quite a concentrated tart flavor, so you definitely need to add extra water.

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The color is such an outrageous pink that I almost felt guilty when I drank it, like it was some artificial Kool-Aid type drink.  But, nope, it's just pure and natural, sweet and simple.  Luckily for me, my son wasn't wild about it, and my husband is on a "no sweet foods" thing, so I got the whole pitcher to myself.  Of course, it was still gone in a matter of days...

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  • I just made this. Thank you for the recipe. I had Red Zinger (hibiscus + other herbs) tea from Celestial Seasonings on hand, so I used that. I used agave nectar instead of honey and added a tray of ice cubes. It’s really good!

    Marci July 7, 2013 AT 11:21 am
  • This is a terrific concoction! I love the balance of sweet & tart. Great idea!

    Amanda May 16, 2013 AT 12:28 pm
  • It’s almost 100 degrees today here in northern California. I’m cooler just looking at this!

    Robin May 12, 2013 AT 4:38 pm

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