Hibiscus Tea is a popular drink in Burkina Faso, oftentimes served with pineapple. I loved the idea of fruit-infused tea, so I paired my hibiscus tea recipe with strawberries and basil. This tea can be enjoyed warm or cold, but I particularly love it on ice!
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I used to love having a variety of drinks with my meals. I loved milk and juices especially, and I was always very particular about combinations of drinks that paired well with different meals. For example… Pancakes with syrup HAD to go with orange juice. And if the restaurant we are at had crappy orange juice? Sorry, no pancakes for me today. Milk with pizza was a definite MUST. Anything else would have been pure idiocy!
Healthy Mindset Surrounding “Liquid Calories”
As I grew up and began struggling with my body image, any drink besides water became public enemy #1. An extra 120 calories at dinner just because I wanted a cup of milk? Dumb choice. And the thought of drinking orange juice was so absurd to me… why would I ever choose put that extra sugar in my body when I was counting (and restricting) every single gram of sugar that I ate?
Suddenly, drinking anything besides water lost its appeal. No coffee, no milk, NO alcohol, and no sweet tea.
Thankfully, I’ve come a far way since then. Truthfully, years of drinking water have made me partial to continuing to have water with my meals. To this day it is now very rare for me to order a coffee or a juice with breakfast, and I definitely don’t drink milk at the dinner table anymore. But, as I’ve since learned, there’s nothing to be scared about when it comes to drinking calories. Balance is key, no matter if the calories are liquid or not (and I try not to think about my food in terms of calories at all anymore).
Making this Hibiscus Tea is Simple
This cold hibiscus tea is so yummy and such a TREAT to drink! Of course, tea is always healthy. For this tea in particular, the instructions are to just boil the hibiscus tea in the water, steep with strawberries and basil, and then strain everything out. I did add in some honey to make the tea a little sweeter, something that I need if I’m going to be drinking tea. You can omit the honey if you’d like, but—obviously—I’m partial to including it.
I switched up the flavors of this tea a little bit by adding basil and strawberries. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!
If you liked this drink recipe, be sure to check out my recipe for Cinnamon Tea from Armenia, or my recipe for Bahama Mamas from, you guessed it, The Bahamas! If you make this tea, take a photo and share it on Facebook or Instagram by tagging @TheForeignFork and hashtagging #TheForeignFork. I can’t wait to see it! Please feel free to leave a review on my website letting me know what you thought. It would mean the world to me! Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I’ll talk to you all again soon!
Hibiscus Tea with Strawberries and Basil
- ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 8 cups water
- ¼ cup honey
- Juice of half of a lime
- 5 basil leaves
- 10 small strawberries
- Heat water and hibiscus leaves on high until the water starts to boil.
- Once boiling, turn off the heat. Add basil, strawberries, and lime juice and cover.
- Let sit, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Strain the hibiscus flowers, basil leaves, and strawberries out of the liquid.
- Mix in honey. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries and basil leaves. Enjoy!
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