Hibiscus Tea

As many of you know, my mother is from Mexico., and because of this, most of her cooking is influenced by her heritage. The main drink that we always have in our house is Hibiscus Tea. She goes to the local Mexican tienda and buys pounds and pounds of dried hibiscus flowers to make the juice / tea throughout the year. Unfortunately, I am both lazy and unfamiliar with a Mexican tienda in NYC, so I have yet to recreate this drink. However, recently, at the local grocery store, I came across, sachets of hibiscus tea! Yes, more expensive than bulk leaves — but so convenient and easy! I can’t wait to try all the different flavors and make it in NYC!


Not only does my mom loves hibiscus tea made from scratch, but she also loves tea. She is a tea snob and knows more about tea than anyone. And apparently, this tea company, Steven Smith Tea Company, is wonderful and she loves it.

Hibiscus Mango Ice tea — 12 sachets (that makes 4 cups) per container.

Easy directions — 2 cups boiled water, seep the tea, and 2 cups cold water.


I chose Hibiscus Mango Ice Tea flavor as the love of hibiscus brings me back to my childhood. But I think all the flavors look great and delicious.


The little sachets — in front of Cruzzie doing summer math homework.

Such a pretty color, too.

Not sweet enough for him, but he is picky and doesn’t know what he is missing out on.

I love everything about it.


My mom’s process is about 1/6th of the price, but takes a lot longer (straining, adding honey, etc…).


The hibiscus leaves that my mom uses to create her drink.


Either way, they are both delicious and oh so pretty! I hope you have a great week — end of Summer, here we are!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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