Hibiscus Syrup

This hibiscus syrup recipe is easy to make.  It can be used to make a healthy soda or as a drizzle over ice cream or pudding.

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This syrup is a more concentrated version of hibiscus tea or hibiscus juice.

Benefits of Hibiscus

Hibiscus (hibiscus sabdariffa) has many health benefits including;

  • great source of vitamin C and antioxidants
  • regulates blood pressure
  • regulates cholesterol levels
  • mild diuretic
  • mild laxative (helpful with constipation)
  • improves circulation
  • eases stomach or digestive issues
  • soothing for the nerves
  • relieves respiratory mucus buildup

Hibiscus Syrup Recipe


  • 4 cups water
  • 1.5 cups hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 organic Meyer lemon, cut in pieces (with rind)
  • 1/2 organic Meyer lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • thumb size piece (or more) fresh sliced ginger
  • 3-4 star anise pods
  • 2-4 whole cloves
  • 2-4 cardamom pods
  • 1-2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cup raw local honey (or sweetener of your choice), adjust amount to sweetness desired

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Don't have all of those ingredients?  Like I always say, a recipe is only a suggestion. 

You can make this syrup with just hibiscus flowers, lemon and sweetener of your choice. 

If you have the other ingredients, add them in.  If you only have some, use what you have.  If you don't have anything other than hibiscus and lemon, just use that.

Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to simmer.

Add in all ingredients except lemon juice and honey.

Let simmer for about an hour.

Strain and add lemon juice and honey.

Bottle and refrigerate.

This syrup will last about a week to ten days in the fridge.  If you don't think you can use it up in that time consider freezing it in ice cube trays for later use.

Be sure to label and date your bottled syrup so you will always know what it is and when it was made.

Hibiscus Syrup

How to Use Hibiscus Syrup - Hibiscus Soda

Pour about 1 ounce of the syrup in a glass and fill half with sparkling water and half with regular water.

Stir and enjoy.

Commercial sodas (both diet and regular) are extremely unhealthy and toxic to our bodies.  This hibiscus soda makes a great alternative to unhealthy soda pop.

Did you know that drinking a glass of commercial soda (diet is even worse than regular) can suppress your immune system for several hours after consumption!

Do yourself a favour and shift away from drinking unhealthy, chemical laden, commercial soda pops and instead make amazing tasting, nutrient rich, health protecting drinks like this hibiscus soda.

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You may also like;

Hibiscus Juice, Hibiscus Tea, Hibiscus Popsicles

Ginger Juice, Ginger Tea, Ginger Popsicles

How to Use Meyer Lemons (video and article)

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