I find that the tea and flowers have enough subtle fruity sweetness and prefer to drink this without added sugar, especially when served with a meal. However, if you like, you can stir in a little simple syrup. It's also fun to play with the addition of other fruits, herbs, and spices (see notes at end of recipe).
Hibiscus-Earl Grey Iced Tea
2 quarts water (preferably filtered)
6 Earl Grey tea bags (or 6 teaspoons looseleaf tea in an infuser)
1/2 cup dried hibiscus blossoms
Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar or pitcher and refrigerate for at least two hours and overnight. A shorter brewing time yields a lighter drink, while a longer brewing time intensifies the color and flavor.
Strain and chill until ready to serve.
• Add other ingredients during the infusion, such as orange slices, a cinnamon stick, a couple of star anise pods, or a couple of thyme sprigs.
• Sweeten the brewed tea with simple syrup.
• Serve with a slice or twist of lime.
(Images: Emily Ho)