Herbal Hydrating Hibiscus Cooler

Herbal Hydrating Hibiscus Cooler

When you play hard, you get thirsty. That’s your body’s way of telling you, “Hey! I need some rehydration here!”

Most of the time, we reach for water. Of course, water is necessary, but what about the times you want more?

Please don’t reach for the sugar-laden, artificially flavored electrolyte drinks — try this hydrating Hibiscus Cooler instead!

Herbal Hydrating Hibiscus Cooler

It may look like a bit that sugary red drink from your childhood, but it’s totally natural and good for you!

Dandelion root is great for helping to support the liver function, and hibiscus flowers are often used for helping to maintain fluid balance in the body.¹ Both are good for assisting with edema, which can occur often in the summer. Lemon provides a nice tang to balance out sweetness and help to quench the thirst.

Now, let’s talk sweeteners… If you’re looking for a super sweet and fruity drink, you won’t find that here.

This Hibiscus Cooler is rather bitter on its own. If you like bitter tea, then drink this plain.

If it’s sweetness you’re seeking, skip the white sugar and go for a whole sweetener to balance out the bitter dandelion and tart lemon.

Honey, WFN’s Coconut Syrup, maple syrup and even molasses are all great liquid sweeteners. They will provide a bit more caramelly flavor to this beverage. They have higher sugar content, so keep that in mind if you are wanting to reduce your sugar intake.

WFN’s Coco Monkey or stevia are great choices for those who need a low-glycemic sweetener. Both taste great in this recipe.

Make this drink in large batches and keep it in the fridge for all-day sipping. It’s nice to have when kids come in from playing in the heat and want something cold right away!

What’s your favorite hydrating drink for hot days?

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Herbal Hydrating Hibiscus Cooler
Make this drink in large batches and keep it in the fridge for all-day sipping. It's nice to have when kids come in from playing in the heat and want something cold right away!
Servings1 gallon
Ingredients
  • 1/2cup WFN dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3 tablespoons WFN Dandelion Root
  • 1quart boiling water
  • 1cup lemon juice
  • sweetener of choiceto taste -- see notes
  • 3quarts cold water
Instructions
  1. Bring 1 quart of the water to a boil.
  2. Add the hibiscus flowers and dandelion root, and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the plant matter and compost.
  4. While the tea blend is hot, add sweetener and lemon juice.
  5. Stir to combine and add remaining cool water.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Serve cold, over ice.
Recipe Notes

Suggested Sweetener Amounts:

  • Honey -- 1 cup
  • Maple Syrup -- 3/4 cup
  • Molasses -- 3/4 cup
  • Coconut Syrup -- 3/4 cup
  • Coco Monkey -- 3/4 cup
  • Stevia -- 6 "doonks" (A "doonk" is 1/32 teaspoon.)

Adjust sweetener to taste or combine sweeteners if preferred.

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