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Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea with Key Lime Ice Cubes

Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

A pitcher of Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea on a table next to two full glasses garnished with sprigs of mint.

Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea.

OK, I have been having way too much fun with ice cubes. Meanwhile I’ve been working on a more medical piece on passionflower, which I hope to post within the month. But for now, I leave you with this herbal ice tea recipe and my first presentation in a series of fancy-pants ice cubes. Hopefully this tasty herbal tea and key-lime ice cubes will whet your appetite, and help keep you cool this summer.

Key lime ice cubes with bonus pits included.

Key lime ice cubes with bonus pits included.

Key Lime Ice Cubes

These gorgeous key lime ice cubes add a tangy and delicious twist to iced tea, lemonade, sparkling water, and cocktails. Elevate your herbal beverages to new heights with these visually stunning cubes.
Course Drinks
Yield 2 trays of ice


  • Ice cube trays - The larger silicone versions are handy, but any will do.


  • 3 key limes - Substitute with regular old boring-a**ed limes if needed.
  • Water


  • Juice one key lime and evenly fill two ice cube trays with the juice.
  • Slice two key limes into wedges that will fit your ice cube trays, and distribute them equally among the trays. Remove pits if you have the patience for it.
  • Use water to fill the ice trays to the top and place in the freezer until frozen.
Keyword Ice Cubes, Key Lime
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Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea.

Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea.

Hibiscus, also called roselle, is made from the calyces (sepals, part of the flower) of Hibiscus sabdariffa in the Mallow family (Malvaceae). Native to India and Malaysia, it has been widely adopted by tropical people around the globe as a refreshing medicinal tonic tea, and is made into jam. High in anti-oxidant bioflavanoids, Hibiscus has been the study of many recent studies for its anti-inflammatory, cardio-protective, neuroprotective, and hepatoprotective qualities. It is a good tonic tea for folks with heart disease or high cholesterol, and as a general preventative against free radical stress on the body. Take care with heartburn, as it can aggravate the condition with its sour flavor, and it may be too cooling for folks who run very cold.

Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea Recipe with Key Lime Ice Cubes

This refreshing hibiscus iced tea recipe includes cooling peppermint, as well as tangy lemon balm, and lemon verbena. This tasty herbal tea and key-lime ice cubes will whet your appetite, and help keep you cool on warm days.
Course Beverage
Yield 1 gallon


  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon hibiscus
  • ½ tablespoon lemon balm
  • ½ tablespoon lemon verbena
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint


  • Bring water to a boil and add herbs.
  • Cover and let steep for 20 minutes.
  • Strain, cool, and add Key Lime Ice Cubes to bring the volume up to one gallon.
  • Serve in any fancy way you please – garnish with mint or ice cubes with edible flowers. If you have any of these herbs fresh, use them in the recipe! Substitute one handful of the fresh herbs for one tablespoon of the dried cut and sifted herb (bulk).
Keyword Hibiscus, Iced Tea
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A patch of chocolate mint (a type of peppermint).

Chocolate Mint (a type of peppermint).

Lemon verbena growing in a garden.

Lemon verbena growing in a garden.

Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea:

Juliet Blankespoor

JULIET BLANKESPOOR is the founder, primary instructor, and Creative Director of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, an online school serving thousands of students from around the globe. She's a professional plant-human matchmaker and bonafide plant geek, with a degree in botany and over 30 years of experience teaching and writing about herbalism, medicine making, and organic herb cultivation. Juliet’s lifelong captivation with medicinal weeds and herb gardening has birthed many botanical enterprises over the decades, including an herbal nursery and a farm-to-apothecary herbal products business. 

These days, she channels her botanical obsession through her writing and photography in her online programs, on her personal blog Castanea, and in her new book, The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies. Juliet and her family reside in a home overrun with houseplants and books in Asheville, North Carolina.

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9 thoughts on “Hibiscus Mint Herbal Iced Tea with Key Lime Ice Cubes

  1. Was a lil disappointed with this recipe. I added the extra water to make a full gallon and it was so watered down that there was barely any flavor. I would use it again just add a lot less water and make a smaller batch.

  2. I love this type of blend; hibiscus and peppermint is lovely together. A question about your recipe though: You have lemon verbena listed as an ingredient but you’ve pictured lemongrass. I’m merely curious which you used. My tastes lean towards lemon verbena, it’s such a wonderful and highly aromatic herb.

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