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This recipe for mulled hibiscus tea is the perfect cozy beverage for any time of day. You will love this tart homemade hibiscus tea for its warmth and comfort as well as health benefits.

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Homemade hibiscus tea is an excellent choice for a non alcoholic mulled wine substitute. If you don’t want to drink alcohol but love mulled wine, you will find this a very similar tasting, satisfying option. *Although, in addition to drinks that contain alcohol, hibiscus tea is also NOT recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Mulled hibiscus tea is especially cozy served warm in the fall and winter seasons, when you come in from the cold outdoors!

But don’t worry, you can serve it in the summer too. Just chill and pour over ice for a tart iced hibiscus tea.

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Ingredients in Mulled Hibiscus Tea

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  • Hibiscus — dried hibiscus flowers. We use organic hibiscus flowers FGO brand, pictured above, that we purchase through Amazon.
  • Orange — Peel an orange and place the orange segments as well as the peel into the kettle.
  • Ginger — use a one inch piece of ginger, peeled.
  • Allspice — two allspice berries, whole.
  • Date Syrup — date syrup is recommended for the antioxidants, as a healthier alternative to refined sugar. You can find it in Middle Eastern grocery stores or in well stocked aisles. You can use other sweeteners, such as pure maple syrup.
  • Cloves — use whole cloves
  • Cinnamon Stick — use a whole cinnamon stick
  • Cardamom — green cardamom pods

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Our mulled hibiscus tea recipe closely resembles our mulled spiced wine (glogg) recipe.

We use many of the same ingredients (orange, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, allspice and date syrup) in our homemade mulled hibiscus tea as we do in our mulled wine recipe.

We use the FGO Organic brand of dried Hibiscus Flowers.

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Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Homemade hibiscus tea is a healthy beverage to enjoy. Hibiscus leaves are full of heart healthy antioxidants, immune boosting vitamin C and beta carotene.

We use date syrup instead of refined sugar because it is also high in antioxidants and doesn’t spike sugar levels as much as refined sugar does.

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We use Date Syrup instead of Refined Sugar

How to Make Mulled Hibiscus Tea

Mulled hibiscus tea is very easy to make. All you need to do is pour your ingredients into a kettle and simmer for 20 minutes or so to let the flavors meld.

Then strain the tea and serve hot or alternatively, you can chill it and serve over ice.

Kitchen Tools Needed for Mulled Hibiscus Tea

You can easily make homemade hibiscus tea on the stovetop in a glass kettle. You can use a kettle with a strainer or without – but remember to strain the tea before serving.

Storage Tips

Store your mulled hibiscus tea in the fridge for four days if properly covered in an air tight container or pitcher.

Any leftover homemade hibiscus tea can be refrigerated and poured over ice to be enjoyed as an iced hibiscus tea.

Store your dried hibiscus leaves in a cool, dry place and they will last for at least a year.

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Mulled Hibiscus Tea

Susan & Björn
A warm and cozy, spiced hibiscus tea that makes a great nonalcoholic alternative to mulled wine, with its tart flavor. Date syrup replaces refined sugar, for the added antioxidants.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Swedish
Calories 241 kcal
Fiber 7 g
Carbohydrates 60 g


1 Glass Kettle


  • 1 cup Hibiscus Flowers, dried, organic
  • 4 cups Water
  • cup Date Syrup
  • 2 Oranges, peeled, quartered and include peel
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 10 Whole Cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled
  • 4 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Allspice Berries, whole


  • Add dried hibiscus flowers to a tea pot.
    mulled hibiscus tea step 1
  • Next, add in your orange segments and orange peel.
    mulled hibiscus tea step 3
  • Place your spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice berries, cardamom pods and ginger) into the kettle.
    mulled hibiscus tea step 5
  • Pour filtered water into the kettle.
    mulled hibiscus tea step 6
  • Add in your date syrup and give it a good stir.
    mulled hibiscus tea step 7
  • Simmer on the stove top for 20 minutes, for the hibiscus flowers to steep and for the flavors to combine.
    mulled hibiscus tea step 8

Additional Information

  • *NOTE: Hibiscus tea is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. 


Calories: 241kcal Carbohydrates: 60g Fiber: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 53g Protein: 2g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Trans Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 48mg Potassium: 381mg Sugar: 38g Vitamin A: 708IU Vitamin C: 87mg Calcium: 142mg Iron: 1mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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