The tart and floral flavors of hibiscus, chamomile, peppermint, and (optional) rosebuds or lavender make this stevia-sweetened hibiscus lemonade special. While I’ve been enjoying this flavorful drink through the cold dark winter, it will be even more welcome on warm spring days and hot summer days. It’s a lovely, antioxidant-rich beverage that will keep you hydrated without adding calories and sugar.
Because hibiscus lends so much flavor and tartness, you won’t need as many lemons for this lemonade. By the way, you can make this using just the hibiscus as well, though I love the more subtle and complex flavors the other herbs add. Each of these special herbs and flowers adds its own flavor, as well as benefits.
This is sweetened with pure stevia for a sugar-free option. This is a great choice because there is already an herbal flavor to this lemonade, and lemon also hides stevia well. Other options include pure monk fruit, or, to go old-school, you could sweeten with simple syrup. Because I drink this almost daily, I like to keep mine sugar-free.
For those on THM, make sure that you use pure stevia powder or pure monk fruit powder.
This drink is a wonderful way to stay hydrated, but you also get gentle support from these herbs, along with the lemon. There are many benefits to each. As always, it’s good to make sure that there are no contraindications with any medicines you may be taking or other considerations (including if pregnant or breastfeeding), before adding any herbs regularly. But these herbs are generally considered safe for most people, and herbal infusions are a gentle way to consume them while getting many of their benefits. A friend’s nutritionist recommended daily hibiscus infusions as part of her protocol for lowering high blood pressure, and I’ve been intrigued since.
For example, a few of the possible benefits include: Hibiscus is full of antioxidants and can support the liver and lower high blood pressure (if you have low blood pressure, ask your doctor about whether this is appropriate for you). Chamomile and hibiscus both have been studied for possible anti-cancer benefits. Chamomile and peppermint can aid your digestion, while chamomile can help lower blood sugar. Sources 1, 2, 3
A simple way to make this? I just use my French Press! Here’s the one I own. Any eight-cup (34 oz) French press will work. OR, steep in any heat-safe container, and pour through a strainer when finished.
Where to source herbs
I was able to find mine at a local co-op/store where they provide herbs and spices in bulk. This is an excellent path when experimenting and deciding what you like and don’t like. Long-term, you may want to buy in bulk as it will be a cheaper option. Do so by buying through a trusted company (Frontier co-op and Mountain Rose Herbs both have good reputations). Rose petals or rose buds are harder to source, as well as more expensive, so they are optional. I would be very wary of buying online through companies that don’t have a strong reputation.
Helpful kitchen items:
- I like to sip my herbal lemonade slowly using these silicone straws.
- Wide mouth quart mason jars
- Lid to make mason jar into a cup
- Pure NOW Organic Stevia (no fillers)
Other Delicious Healthy Beverages:
- Does lemon water offer benefits (and how to enjoy it)
- Fresh Ginger Tea
- Lemon Mint Tea (using a whole lemon)
- Iced Golden Milk Latte
- Energizing Nettle and Peppermint Tea
Herbal Hibiscus Lemonade
- 2-4 tablespoons hibiscus petals
- 1 tablespoon chamomile blossoms
- 1 tablespoon dried peppermint
- 5 edible dried rosebuds (or 1 tablespoon dried rose petals), OR 1 heaping teaspoon dried lavender, optional*
- 2 lemons
- Pure Stevia Extract (no fillers)
Put all of the herbs into the French press. Two tablespoons of hibiscus will make a more mild and gentle version. 4 tablespoons is very bright and flavorful (and it may need a little extra stevia to counteract the tartness).
Add hot water to fill line and allow to steep for twenty minutes without the lid on. Stir once or twice to ensure all of the herbs are submerged.
Once the herbal infusion is lukewarm or room temperature, press down with the plunger on the French Press. Fill two mason jars ¾ full of ice. Add the juice of one lemon to each jar. Add a heaping 1/16 teaspoon or a scant ⅛ teaspoon of Now Pure Stevia extract to each quart. Split herbal infusion between the two jars and fill to the fill line with water, if needed. Stir well, making sure the stevia is dissolved. Add more stevia to taste, if needed. Enjoy!
*Rosebuds/petals will give a light floral flavor. Lavender will be more pronounced.