Did you know hibiscus tea actually has more antioxidants than green tea? Well it does, and honestly it tastes a lot better too. This Basil Hibiscus Lemonade makes it even tastier, plus adds even more health benefits. One study showed that two strong cups of hibiscus tea each day lowered blood pressure better than a leading drug.

I am not the biggest fan of drinking just straight hot tea. I like to have a little sweetness and flavor added to it. And who is fond of drinking hot drinks in the summer time? That's why I'm loving this hibiscus lemonade so much. It's perfect because it keeps you cool, hydrated and it's packed with antioxidants and detoxing properties. It tastes a lot better than those flavored water recipes, and it's so much better for you than any lemonade you will find in the store.

It is so easy to make. Just brew three cups of hot water and steep 3 bags of hibiscus tea. Once it's cooled a little bit, combine the tea, lemon juice, basil and sweetener of choice in a blender and blend. Date sugar or coconut sugar are good options. You can even just blend dates in it. I like serving it over ice with a little lemon zest on top. It can be stored in the fridge up to three days. It might get a little foamy after blending but it quickly settles out. I prefer using this hibiscus tea.

Its bright red color makes it fun to serve at parties. People will be drinking something great for their health and not even realize it because it tastes so good. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.


Basil Hibiscus Lemonade

Please Use All Organic Ingredients When Possible!
Course Drinks
Author Megan Lawson


  • 3 cups Water
  • 3 tea bags Hibiscus Tea
  • 1/4 cup Basil (packed)
  • 3 tbsp Date Sugar (coconut sugar or sweetener of choice; you can also use 3-5 dates)
  • 1 Lemon (just the juice)
  • Lemon Zest (optional for topping)


  • Boil three cups of water to add to three bags of hibiscus tea and steep. Once it's cooled, combine the tea, basil, sweetener and lemon juice in a blender and blend. Taste to see if you need to adjust the sweetness or the lemon/basil flavor. There will be some foam at the top after blending.
  • Allow that to dissolve then serve over ice. If the lemonade sits too long, there could be some separation because of the basil. Just mix with a spoon or do a quick blend.


  • Molly says:

    What an awesome flavor combo!

  • This is beautiful! And I bet it tastes great too!

  • Liz says:

    Such a delicious, refreshing lemonade!

  • Lor says:

    What a perfect drink for summer!

  • Arman says:

    Mmmmm this is delicious!

  • Abbey says:

    I have a hibiscus tea I drink, and I'm intrigued by this recipe. Lemon water gets boring after awhile. Do you think I could use hibiscus powder to make this?

  • Laura says:

    This sounds amazing. I really need to get some hibiscus tea!

  • Nasreen says:

    This looks beautiful and refreshing!!

  • Mildred Evans says:

    The hisbus tea is delicious. It doesn’t taste like it should be so good for you. I had heard about it but I never found it in my local stores. I was in Georgia in December & we went to a Farmers Market,they had a good variety of teas.Thier hibiscus tea was in a quart container I got 2 I have been enjoying it.Thier price was fair.

  • Michelle says:

    If I am using loose dried hibiscus (like the kind you find in mexican grocery stores) how much should use?

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