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Pink Lemonade with Fresh Hibiscus Flower Petals

Pink lemonade with hibiscus flowers

Welcome to my little corner of the forest! Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that’s as delightful as it is beautiful: Pink Lemonade with Fresh Hibiscus Flower Petals. This isn’t just any lemonade—it’s a naturally pink, refreshing treat that captures the essence of nature beautifully.

My wonderful, gentle son is visiting me in my cozy little off-grid cabin, and we’ve been enjoying the simple pleasures. One of our favourite activities has been foraging for recipe ingredients. Recently, we stumbled upon some stunning pink Chinese hibiscus flowers, and we knew we had to use them in a special recipe. Join us on this fun and flavourful adventure as we turn these vibrant blossoms into a luxurious pink lemonade that’s perfect for any occasion!

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.”

Matthew drinking pink lemonade

Lemonade without refined sugar is always a thrill to make, but creating a naturally pink drink? Now that really gets my heart racing! 🌸🍋 There’s something magical about creating beautiful recipes with just a few simple ingredients. This weekend, we stumbled upon the most gorgeous pink Chinese hibiscus in our neighborhood, and I just knew we had to make something special with it.

We gathered a few blooms and started a delightful adventure to create this exquisite pink lemonade using fresh hibiscus petals, lemon, and honey. It’s a recipe that’s not only simple and easy but also looks incredibly luxurious. Who knew elegance could be this effortless?

Pick Fresh hibiscus flowers for pink lemonade

Why You Should Make Pink Lemonade with Hibiscus Flower Petals

There’s nothing quite as refreshing on a hot day as a cold glass of lemonade. But why settle for the ordinary when you can elevate your lemonade with the beautiful, vibrant hues and unique flavours of fresh hibiscus flower petals? This pink lemonade not only looks stunning, but it also brings a delightful twist to a classic favourite. Making it is a fun and rewarding experience, perfect for impressing guests or simply enjoying a special treat for yourself.

pink Chinese hibiscus flowers

What It Tastes Like

The pink lemonade with fresh hibiscus petals boasts a unique flavour profile. The hibiscus adds a subtle floral note and a hint of tartness that perfectly complements the zesty lemon. Hibiscus tastes like cranberries. The honey rounds out the flavours with a natural sweetness, making the drink refreshing, slightly tangy, and delightfully aromatic.

Ingredients You Will Need

1. Fresh Hibiscus Flowers:

  • These petals are the star of the recipe. They provide the beautiful pink colour and a delicate, tart flavour that sets this lemonade apart.

2. Lemons:

  • Fresh lemon juice is essential for that classic lemonade taste. The acidity of the lemons balances the floral notes of the hibiscus and the sweetness of the honey.

3. Honey:

  • Instead of using sugar, this recipe calls for honey. Honey adds a natural sweetness and depth of flavour that complements the tart hibiscus and lemon perfectly.

4. Water:

  • Both boiling water to steep the hibiscus petals and cold sparkling water to top off the lemonade, adding a refreshing fizz.

5. Ice:

  • To serve the lemonade chilled and perfect for a hot day.

Matthew Drinking Hibiscus pink lemonade

Health Benefits of the Drink

This pink lemonade isn’t just a pretty face—it’s packed with health benefits too! Hibiscus flowers are rich in antioxidants and can help lower blood pressure. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, and honey has natural antibacterial properties. So, you can sip away knowing you’re doing something good for your body.

  • Hibiscus: Rich in antioxidants, hibiscus helps fight free radicals in the body. It’s also known for its potential to lower blood pressure and improve liver health.
  • Lemon: Packed with Vitamin C, lemons boost your immune system, improve skin health, and aid digestion.
  • Honey: A natural sweetener, honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a good source of antioxidants.

Pink Hibiscus Lemonade with fresh flower petals

Fun Facts About Hibiscus

  • Cultural Significance: In many cultures, hibiscus flowers are associated with beauty and love. In Hawaii, they are often worn as a symbol of respect.
  • Varieties: There are over 200 species of hibiscus, and they come in various colours like red, white, yellow, and pink.
  • Medicinal Uses: Hibiscus has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, fever, and liver disorders.
  • Natural Dye: Plus, they make a fantastic natural dye!

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How to Make Pink Lemonade with Fresh Hibiscus Flower Petals

  1. Pick Fresh Hibiscus Flowers: Gather fresh pink hibiscus flowers from a tree that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides and is in a safe area. We used Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) for this recipe.
  2. Prepare the Petals: Let the flowers sit for a bit so any insects can find their way off. Gently wipe the petals with a cloth to clean them. Pick all the petals from the flowers and place them in a bowl.
  3. Steep the Petals: Add a cup of boiling water to the petals and let them steep for about 5 minutes until the petals turn yellow and the water is a vibrant pink.
  4. Sweeten the Infusion: Remove the yellow petals and add half a cup of honey to the warm hibiscus water. Stir until the honey is completely dissolved.
  5. Mix with Lemon Juice: Pour the pink hibiscus liquid into a jar and add fresh lemon juice. Watch as the colour magically changes to a vibrant pink.
  6. Serve: Pour the lemonade into a glass filled with ice and top it off with sparkling water for a refreshing fizz.

The Magic Moment

Now, for the most exciting part—the magic moment when you add the lemon juice to the hibiscus-infused honey water. Watch  as the colour transforms into the most vibrant pink you’ve ever seen. It’s like a science experiment and a culinary delight all in one!

Hibiscus lemonade before and after lemonade

Bringing It All Together

This pink lemonade with fresh hibiscus flower petals is not just a drink; it’s an experience. From the beautiful presentation to the delightful flavours and numerous health benefits, it’s a perfect beverage for any occasion.

So, why not give it a try? Gather those hibiscus petals, squeeze some lemons, and sweeten it up with honey. Cheers to creating something beautiful and delicious! 🌸🍹

AuthorGypsyCategoryDifficultyBeginner

The colour of this lemonade is spectacular! It is made with all natural ingredients and no refined sugar here. The star of the show are these beautiful pink Chinese hibiscus we picked from a neighbours garden.

Hibiscus pink lemonade serve in glass and bottle

Prep Time5 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

 5 Fresh petal hibiscus flowers
 1 Fresh lemon
 1 cup Boiling water
 3 cups Cold water
 ½ cup Honey
 Sparkling water

1

Pick Fresh Hibiscus Flowers: Gather fresh pink hibiscus flowers from a tree that hasn't been sprayed with pesticides and is in a safe area. We used Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) for this recipe.

Pick Fresh hibiscus flowers for pink lemonade

2

Clean the Petals: Let the flowers sit for a bit on a table to allow any bugs to leave. Gently wipe the petals with a cloth to remove any dirt or debris.

pink Chinese hibiscus flowers

3

Prepare the Petals: Pluck all the petals from the flowers and place them in a bowl.

Pluck Chinese hibiscus petals for pink lemonade

4

Steep the Petals: Pour a cup of boiling water over the petals and let them sit for about 5 minutes until the petals turn yellow and release their color into the water.

Boiling water on fresh hibiscus flowers

5

Remove the Petals: Take out the yellow petals from the water.

Add Honey: Stir in half a cup of honey into the warm hibiscus water until it dissolves completely.

Steeped hibiscus flowers turning yellow

6

Pour into bottle: Pour the honey-infused hibiscus liquid into a bottle.

Pour hibiscus lemonade into a bottle

7

Combine with Lemon Juice: Pour the honey-infused hibiscus liquid into a bottle, add fresh lemon juice, and watch the colour transform into a vibrant pink.

Hibiscus lemonade before and after lemonade

8

Serve: Pour the hibiscus lemonade into a glass with ice, top it off with sparkling water, and enjoy!

Hibiscus pink lemonade serve in glass and bottle

Ingredients

 5 Fresh petal hibiscus flowers
 1 Fresh lemon
 1 cup Boiling water
 3 cups Cold water
 ½ cup Honey
 Sparkling water

Directions

1

Pick Fresh Hibiscus Flowers: Gather fresh pink hibiscus flowers from a tree that hasn't been sprayed with pesticides and is in a safe area. We used Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) for this recipe.

Pick Fresh hibiscus flowers for pink lemonade

2

Clean the Petals: Let the flowers sit for a bit on a table to allow any bugs to leave. Gently wipe the petals with a cloth to remove any dirt or debris.

pink Chinese hibiscus flowers

3

Prepare the Petals: Pluck all the petals from the flowers and place them in a bowl.

Pluck Chinese hibiscus petals for pink lemonade

4

Steep the Petals: Pour a cup of boiling water over the petals and let them sit for about 5 minutes until the petals turn yellow and release their color into the water.

Boiling water on fresh hibiscus flowers

5

Remove the Petals: Take out the yellow petals from the water.

Add Honey: Stir in half a cup of honey into the warm hibiscus water until it dissolves completely.

Steeped hibiscus flowers turning yellow

6

Pour into bottle: Pour the honey-infused hibiscus liquid into a bottle.

Pour hibiscus lemonade into a bottle

7

Combine with Lemon Juice: Pour the honey-infused hibiscus liquid into a bottle, add fresh lemon juice, and watch the colour transform into a vibrant pink.

Hibiscus lemonade before and after lemonade

8

Serve: Pour the hibiscus lemonade into a glass with ice, top it off with sparkling water, and enjoy!

Hibiscus pink lemonade serve in glass and bottle

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Pradnya
    May 26, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    Love this drink! We add hibiscus to coconut oil and apply on hair.

  • Reply
    Lauren Maker
    May 27, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    Yummy! And so authentic!

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    Michael Taylor
    May 27, 2024 at 12:46 pm

    I live in Hong Kong, and I’ve seen bibicus growing in public parks here, but II’m worried that they might havr been sparyed. It is safe to use them if you wash them, I wonder?

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    pedja
    May 27, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    I would love to try making lemonade with hibiscus flowers. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    DJojo G. Reyes Jr.
    May 27, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    Your lemonade looks refreshing! And the hibiscus flower looks pretty! I appreciate you sharing this piece with the photos.

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    Ann
    May 27, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    Your pink lemonade with fresh hibiscus petals not only captures the spirit of nature but also weaves in the joy of sharing simple, beautiful moments with your son. What a refreshing and heartfelt way to enjoy the wonders around you!

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    Carolyn M
    May 27, 2024 at 4:58 pm

    Yum..this sounds delicious I’ll have to give it a whirl!

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    Rosie
    May 28, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    Beautiful and delightful indeed. We used to have a lot of hibiscus but didn’t know they make great additions to lemonade. Would have to remember to do this next time. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kevin Allen
    May 28, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    This post takes me back to high school. Our principal caught us picking the hibiscus flower for biology class. He not knowing, had us eat the petals as a form of punishment; I was maaaad! Now I know they are edible and people use them as garnish in many dishes. In Jamaica, the hummingbirds love the hibiscus flower. If they love it, I know it’s an ok ingredient for your pink lemonade drink. This recipe is so interesting and the science experiment with the lemon juice is intriguing.

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