Homemade Frozen Hibiscus Lemonade Recipe

Summer simply demands cool and refreshing drinks, and lemonade tops many of our lists. But while ordinary lemonade can quickly grow repetitive, this concoction is consistently a delight. It deviates from common recipes in two main ways—first by adding some delicious hibiscus into the flavor profile, and second by changing the texture to a shaved ice, slushy feel. The result is a delectable drink that goes well beyond merely providing refreshment from the heat.

Final drinks
Hibiscus lemonade (Image: Kristan Raines)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 tbs granulated sugar

  • 1 heaped tbs of dried hibiscus flowers

  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2-2 cups ice

  • Small saucepan

  • Fine mesh sieve

  • Medium sealable jar

  • Blender

Step 1

Add the sugar and 1/2 cup of the water to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and allow the mixture to just come up to a boil. Remove from heat and add the dried hibiscus flowers. Cover the pan and let steep for 20 minutes.

Step 1
Steeping hibiscus (Image: Kristan Raines)

Step 2

Strain the hibiscus tea through a fine mesh sieve and into a sealable jar. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Seal the jar and place in the refrigerator until fully chilled.

Step 2
Staining hibiscus leaves (Image: Kristan Raines)

Step 3

Add the hibiscus lemonade to a blender along with 1 1/2 cups of ice and blend until smooth, but still maintains a thick, slushy texture.

Step 3
Blended with ice (Image: Kristan Raines)

Tip

If you want a thicker frozen lemonade, simply add the remaining 1/2 cup of ice.

Step 4

Divide between two glasses and enjoy right away.

Step 4
Finished drinks (Image: Kristan Raines)
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