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Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail

August 9, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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This Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail is perfectly balanced between fruity and floral notes. It’s a delicious and kid-friendly alcohol-free drink for any time of the year.

Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail

Looking for a fun + refreshing drink? Try our Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail! It blends the tangy flavor of hibiscus with the natural sweetness of fresh berries. Perfect for any occasion, whether it's a summer party, brunch, or just because. It's tasty, healthy, and super easy to make. Alcoholic option.

Glass full of fruit and dark red Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail

I get really excited when it comes to sharing a mocktail recipe! Since I don’t drink alcohol, mastering mocktails is something I’m genuinely passionate about. It’s a true reflection of how I enjoy a good drink. My inspiration for this Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail comes from my love for Starbucks' Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher, which is one of my absolute favorites! If you love creating Starbucks renditions definitely try my Iced Vanilla Sweet Cream Latte and Medicine Ball Tea next!

Back to this hibiscus mocktail --- It's super easy to make, requires just one bowl, comes whipped together in under 15 minutes, and is the perfect balance between fruit + floral. Such a fun, family-friendly drink—but you can also add a bit of vodka or other alcohol for an adult-friendly drink.

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What is A Mocktail?

So if you're sitting here thinking, what is a mocktail? Let me explain. A mocktail is like a party in a glass, minus the hangover. It's a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic drink that's packed with all the flavor and complexity of a traditional cocktail but without any of alcohol.

Whether you're a designated driver, a health-conscious human, or just someone who wants to enjoy a delicious drink without the buzz, mocktails are the perfect solution.

Why You Will LOVE This Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail

  • Bursting with hibiscus + berry flavor
  • Perfect for any time of day or night!
  • Balances sweetness perfectly
  • It's very similar to the real 'feel' of a cocktail
  • Customizable with your favorite garnishes
  • Bubbly + refreshing
  • Perfect for sipping on lazy summer afternoons or at backyard BBQs.
Glass full of fruit and dark red Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail

Ingredients for Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail

Here’s what you need for these Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail:

  • Hibiscus. I like to use the organic tea bags from Traditional Medicinals. However, you can also use the actual dried hibiscus.
  • Lemon juice. I freshly-squeeze a lemon. Lime juice will also work.
  • Rosemary sprigs. You could also use mint or basil for an herby touch.
  • Raw honey. You could also sweeten the mocktails with Agave or maple syrup if you prefer. I find the quality of Nature Nate's honey to be amazing!
  • Lemon soda. This is what makes for a nice fizz and I usually use organic soda. You can also use sparkling water or a probiotic soda like Olipop.
  • Fresh berries. To complement the floral tones of the hibiscus, fresh blackberries, and strawberries are the best!

SHOP MY FAVORITE DRINKWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES!

Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with these loaded hibiscus mocktails. Everything from my fave glassware, cocktail shakers, ice cubes trays, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

How to Make Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail

The first step in this tea-infused mocktail is to make the hibiscus tea. Simply brew your favorite hibiscus tea for a few minutes in hot water. Then place the tea in the fridge to cool completely. Then you add in the sweetener followed by the lemon juice and it's assembly time.

  • Next, when your tea is fully cooled and sweetened, assemble the loaded hibiscus mocktails.
  • Then pour over glasses of crushed ice, add your favorite garnishes (fresh berries + rosemary sprigs), and enjoy!
Glass full of dark red Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail

What is Hibiscus?

In a nutshell, hibiscus is a dried part of the hibiscus plant and is deep red in color. Similar to cranberry, hibiscus has a sweet + tart taste and offers many health benefits. In the Jamaican culture, hibiscus is often used in sorrel, which is a staple drink that I grew up drinking a ton, especially during the holidays.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HIBISCUS

Hibiscus helps with the following:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Creates a healthy cholesterol balance
  • Weight loss
  • Hormonal balance (in women)
  • Among other benefits

When it comes to purchasing hibiscus, you can totally get it in the form of single tea bags, ready-to-drink tea, looser flower petals, liquid extract, and encapsulated powder.

Perfect Occasions For Loaded Hibiscus Mocktails

  • Summer barbecues + cookouts
  • Picnics in the park
  • Poolside lounging
  • Baby showers
  • Brunch gatherings + family dinners
  • Mocktail bars at weddings or special events
  • Anytime you're craving a refreshing beverage without alcohol!
Glass full of fruit and dark red Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail near halved strawberries

Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail Q + A's

Can I serve these Loaded Hibiscus Mocktails Hot?

Certainly! If you prefer a warm tea-loaded hibiscus mocktail, simply skip cooling the tea. Combine everything in the saucepan, and divide between mugs to serve. You can add a slice (or two) of lemons and add in the fresh berries, if you'd like.

Can I use another sweetener?

Yes! Instead of honey, you can substitute with Agave, pure maple syrup or organic cane sugar as a syrup (add to boiled hibiscus tea over the stove top).

Can I add alcohol?

Absolutely! If you’d like to serve this as a cocktail, you can add your favorite alcohol to the mixture. The best types of alcohols (just about 1 ounce or so) that work great with this hibiscus flavor is:
Gin
Rum
Champagne
Tequila
Whiskey
Vodka

Can I make a bigger batch?

Absolutely! To make additional mocktails, simply double or triple ingredients, depending on need.

Can I make it ahead of time?

You can make the hibiscus tea mixture ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Just add the fresh berries and soda when serving for the best freshness.

More Summer Mocktail Recipes to Try!

If you love these Loaded Hibiscus Mocktails, then here are a few summer mocktails to try ASAP:

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Glass full of fruit and dark red Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail

Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail

August 9, 2022
5 from 5 votes
Looking for a fun + refreshing drink? Try our Loaded Hibiscus Tea Mocktail! It blends the tangy flavor of hibiscus with the natural sweetness of fresh berries. Perfect for any occasion, whether it's a summer party, brunch, or just because. It's tasty, healthy, and super easy to make. Alcoholic option.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients

HIBISCUS TEA:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2-3 hibiscus tea bags
  • ½ cup raw honey (See Notes!)

MOCKTAILS:

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 lemon, freshly-squeezed
  • lemon soda, for topping
  • crushed iced
  • rosemary sprigs, optional

Instructions

TO MAKE THE HIBISCUS TEA:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove the water from heat and add the tea bags and let them steep for 5-6 minutes. Once fully steeped, remove tea bags and let cool completely. Stir in the honey.

TO MAKE THE MOCKTAILS:

  • In a bowl, add the hibiscus tea and lemon juice, stirring together until combined. Add in a handful of blackberries (about ½ cup) and mull everything together until blackberries are fully broken down.
  • ASSEMBLY: Add crushed ice to glass(es), Add the hibiscus mocktail mixture (along with mulled blackberries) until ½ filled followed by lemon soda, fresh blackberries, and strawberries. For additional garnish, add fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired. Repeat for every serving. 
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

SWEETENER: Instead of honey, you can substitute with Agave, pure maple syrup or organic cane sugar as a syrup (add to boiled hibiscus tea over the stove top).

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

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