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Hibiscus-Ginger Soda

Makes 4 to 6 servings Hibiscus tea (which is the primary ingredient in this soda) is slightly bitter, a little tart, and not at all sweet, so we balance it with a touch of honey. You can also serve simple syrup on the side for guests to sweeten, as they like. For a variation, omit the ginger and add 1/2 cup of lime juice to the steeped tea.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • Honey, to taste
  • 1 cup sparkling water


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, hibiscus, and ginger. Bring to a simmer, cover, and remove from the heat. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and sweeten with honey, to taste, if desired. Allow to cool completely.
  3. To serve, pour into a glass over ice and top with about 1/4 cup sparkling water.

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