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Thai hibiscus tea in a glass on a tray.

How to Make Thai Hibiscus Iced Tea (น้ำกระเจี๊ยบ)

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to make Thai hibiscus iced tea (น้ำกระเจี๊ยบ), a refreshing herbal drink perfect for a hot summer day. This vibrant crimson brew, made from dried hibiscus flowers, offers a burst of tart flavor complemented by the zesty touch of lime juice. Enjoy it hot or cold!


  • 8 cups of hot water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime/lemon juice, as needed.
  • For garnishing: ginger mint, Thai basil, lemon, or lime slices.


  1. Combine hot water, sugar, and dried hibiscus flowers in a glass bowl or medium pot.
  2. Add hot (boiling water to the tea mixture, and let it steep for 15-20 minutes to extract the full flavor. Use a whisk to stir and make sure the sugar is dissolved. The longer you let the tea steep, the more tangy your tea will be. Don’t go over 30 minutes, as the tea can release a bitter taste.
  3. Once cooled, strain the tea mixture over the sink and place the sweet tea in a pitcher or water vase.
  4. Add the lime juice to the hibiscus tea and stir well. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add more sugar or simple syrup to your liking. Use right away or refrigerate the tea to chill even further. 
  5. Prepare your glasses with ice cubed and your favorite garnishing options. Pour the tea over a glass and serve! Place the leftover tea in the fridge for up to 4 days. Enjoy!


  • Make it a hot tea for sipping in the cooler months. There's nothing more comforting than holding a hot cup of tea on a snowy day!
  • Hibiscus tea bags are ok to use in a pinch, but they won't yield the dried flowers' naturally bright color and tangy flavor. 
  • Adjust the sweetness of your hibiscus drink to your preference by adding more or less simple syrup.
  • To make simple syrup, combine a 1-1 ratio of sugar and hot water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool before using.
  • Cold brewing is an alternative method for making Hibiscus Tea. Combine the dried hibiscus flowers and cold water in a pitcher, refrigerate for several hours or overnight, and strain before serving.
  • Use ice-cubed trays to store leftover tea for future uses! Such a fun and beautiful little trick! 

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: Hibiscus Tea Recipe, hibiscus tea, thai hibiscus tea, hibiscus iced tea, Thai hibiscus tea, Thai hibiscus drink, Thai drinks