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Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher


Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

If you’re an iced tea lover like me, try making a homemade version of the popular Starbuck’s Hibiscus Tea Refresher. It’s currently my favorite summertime drink – it’s super easy to make a pitcher and I love that it uses all natural ingredients!

Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher


For the tea:

8 tea bags of hibiscus berry tea (Try this one)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen

For the simple syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (Try these)
2 cups water

Hip2Save How to make a berry hibiscus refresher


Make 2 quarts of tea according to package instructions. I brought 2 quarts of water almost to a boil on the stove and then turned off the heat, and added 8 tea bags to infuse (covered) for about 3 minutes. Take out tea bags and pour tea into a plastic pitcher. Set aside pitcher and let cool to room temperature.

To make the simple syrup, bring water to a boil water with sugar and hibiscus flowers. Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 minutes covered making sure to stir a few times. Strain leaves and then add syrup to the tea and stir. Refrigerate. Before serving, add berries and about 2 cups of ice. I recommend pouring some tea in a cup with a lid and shaking it up with the berries. Enjoy!

Note: The tea that I used is a Wild Berry Hibiscus by Zhen’s Gypsy Tea which I purchased at Cost Plus World Market.  I found dried hibiscus flowers at a local organic herbal tea shop. Hibiscus leaves are known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Hibiscus has more of a tart flavor so adding some berries and sugar creates more of a subtle sweet flavor.

Hybiscus Tea Refresher Recipe
[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

Hip2Save's Summer Drink Series
Like this drink? Be sure to check out our Watermelon Punch Recipe and Blueberry Kiwi Mojitos Recipe (Alcoholic AND Non-Alcoholic Versions)!

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Comments 28

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  2. Jenna Morales

    Hey Lina, this Jenna from Brandywine. Great recipe! this is one of my favorite drinks. Email me back so i can get your contact info 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi Jenna!! I will!

  3. Edy

    We make this drink all the time just use the hibiscus dry flowers boil stream and sugar and ice !

  4. Sarah

    You can also get hibiscus at many mexican markets. Its called jamaica and its usually cheaper there.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great tip thanks!

  5. Becky

    Thank you — can’t wait to try this…..love your photography and ideas.
    You are truly Modern Martha.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow Becky very sweet comment, Thanks for your support! 🙂

  6. Shelby

    Tazo Passion tea is the closest sub for the Starbucks tea- they actually use it in their recipe and you can get it in stores everywhere! It’s delicious:)

    • Starbucks Barista

      We don’t use passion tea in the berry hibiscus refreshers. There is no tea in the refreshers.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Yes! Sorry if that’s confusing. The Starbucks version has coffee extract and a juice concentrate mix? I used tea in this version…Thanks!

  7. Jaclyn

    My fav drink! I am so excited to try this:)

  8. irene

    Beautiful pix! Jamaica is my favorite drink at taco joints, next to horchata.

  9. Betsy

    Yum, but I think a glass pitcher would be better than plastic for super hot water to avoid leeching of chemicals…

  10. Teri H

    Sounds delicious. I am hosting a party and wondered if and what kind of liquer I could add to make a cocktail?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’ve seen tequila, vodka, and other cocktail recipes using sparkling wine with this hibiscus simple syrup. Yum!

  11. E

    I don’t like the very berry hib drink but I LOVE the cool lime refresher. Anyone have a good (you’ve tried it and it’s good, not “this looks good”) recipe?

    • LMH

      One thing I’ve done to ‘mimic’ it. Whole foods has a mint limeade, which is delicious (honest organic is the brand. They also have a berry hibiscus for the ones that love that one). And have gotten a bottle of the tea leaf extract. I do a dropper full of the extract. Add a little water and ice and mix in the limeade. It’s delicious.

  12. Kathleen

    Sounds delicious and perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing

  13. Precious Pruner

    Omg, thank you! I love these. It is so nice to know there is an inexpensive recipe for this 😀

  14. emilymragan

    I love to mix hibiscus tea and crystal lite lemonade! No calories!

  15. Ashlee Friend

    How does your version compare to starbucks?. Yours looks alot darker in color than starbucks. LOVE This drink

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi, I think it has a similar hibiscus flavor. Maybe not as sweet though. I was thinking of maybe adding some juice next time. Thanks!

    • Sabrina

      Hers is darker because the tea has color. The concentrate we use is a clear concentrate. 😃
      Have you tried to “mimic” the Blackberry Green Tea Moijito?

  16. AllieScroggins

    Hey I LOVE the very berry hibiscus refresher but is it okay if you use earl grey or black tea instead of hibiscus? And also will it affect the taste?

  17. Caitlin schneider

    where do you get hibiscus flowers at?

    • ruby

      Mexican.stores have it, it’s called jamaica

  18. Brook

    Does anyone know how to make the Strawberry Refresher?

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