This popular refreshment, Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail is the perfect alcohol-free version of a true summer staple. Boasting of height notes of fruity, tropical, and floral flavors, this mocktail is a must have drink for the warmer days ahead. Super easy to make, all organic ingredients, and can be spruced up with actual alcohol or splashes of cranberry juice for any special occasion.
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I honestly can't help but be excited whenever it comes to sharing a mocktail. I've grown to love experimenting with mocktails because it really gives me a cutting-edge way to be creative for an alcohol-free drink that tastes and looks just as beautiful as a traditional cocktail.
As you may already know, I don't drink alcohol, therefore mastering mocktails is personal to me and comes in complete authenticity into how I actually enjoy a good drink.
My main inspiration for this Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail is definitely my craze for Starbuck's Very Hibiscus Refresher, which is by far one of my faves!
Plus, this hibiscus mocktail is 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.
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.
As for health benefits, hibiscus helps with the following:
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.
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!
Here’s what you need for these Loaded Hibiscus 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!
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.
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:
Making these loaded hibiscus mocktails can be even tastier with the addition of mint ice cubes as additional garnish, especially when it comes to fresh mint leaves that you might have lying around unused. Yes—instead of letting your fresh mint leaves get spoiled, why not just freeze them and re-create a new drink infused with fresh mint each day? Right? Haha.
Plus, it’s really simple to make, so there’s that.
Here’s what you need for the Mint ice cubes:
If you love these Loaded Hibiscus Mocktails, then here are a few summer mocktails to try ASAP:
If you make these Loaded Hibiscus Mocktails, be sure to tag me on Instagram @orchidsandsweettea!
Loaded Hibiscus Mocktail.