Hibiscus Lemonade Recipe

This hibiscus lemonade recipe is perfect for the coming, warmer months. It’s refreshing, thirst-quenching and best of all, it’s blood sugar friendly!

The Keto movement is huge right now. You can’t type “low carb” into any social media platform without a bunch of keto recipes popping up.

The finished Hibiscus Lemonade in a glass cup with a red and white straw.

While I get the concept and understand why it works for some people, I don’t believe it works for everyone. And for many, it’s not sustainable long-term. I know it wasn’t for me! I had a lot of health issues when I did keto and worst of all, my blood sugars became incredibly sensitive to even the smallest amount of carbs.

So I gave that up and realized that not all carbs are created equal.

But while I was eating keto (for about 2 years), I came up with this recipe and have enjoyed it every year since. It’s wonderfully refreshing on a warm day and doesn’t raise my blood sugar.

How To Make Hibiscus Lemonade

This is a very simple recipe to make with just three ingredients. Four if you count the water.

The water added to the tea pot.

All you have to do is brew your tea.

The steeped Hibiscus Lemonade in a pitcher with ice.

Then add the lemon juice and sweetener. Any low-carb sweetener will work here as long as it dissolves properly. Some sweeteners don’t dissolve well, so choose carefully.

Note that you don’t have to use a low-carb sweetener. You can use any sweetener you are partial to and add as much as you like, to taste.

What You’ll Need

4 cups prepared hibiscus tea – Simply prepare the tea by steeping the tea bags in 4 cups of hot water for the indicated time on the package.

½ cup lemon juice – This is best if it’s fresh-squeezed, but bottled will work as well. Just be sure to use 100% lemon juice. Not more lemonade.

Liquid stevia to taste – Different people can handle different amounts of stevia. Start with 2-3 drops and adjust up from there. Of course, you can use any sweetener you like. It doesn’t have to be stevia. That’s just my preference for a low-carb sweetener.

And overhead view of the Hibiscus Lemonade in a cup with ice and a straw.

How Long Does Hibiscus Lemonade Keep?

This will keep for about 5 days in the fridge. Do not keep this on the counter. It must be in the fridge.

Freezing Hibiscus Lemonade

You can also freeze this as popsicles, although I recommend adding extra sweetener for that. This doesn’t taste as sweet once frozen. Especially if you use stevia.

Multiplying This Recipe

You can easily double or triple this recipe, or even cut it in half to yield just a couple of servings.

And if you like lemonade in different flavors, you might also try this Green Lemonade recipe.

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Hibiscus Lemonade Recipe

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The finished Hibiscus Lemonade in a glass cup with a red and white straw.

Hibiscus Lemonade Recipe

A low carb, hot-weather drink you can enjoy all summer long. You'll want to use 2 to 4 hibiscus tea bags (no sugar added) to 4 cups boiling hot water and steep for at least one hour. Recipe time below does not include this time. The longer you steep, the stronger the tea flavor will be. I poured my water into a tea pot, added the bags, let it sit for 1 hour hot, and then placed the whole thing in the fridge overnight before adding the other ingredients. But you can put this together in whatever order you wish.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 9kcal



  • 4 cups prepared hibiscus tea (see notes above)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • liquid stevia to taste


  • You can make this with hot tea or cold, either way. Simply combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir well.
    The water added to the tea pot.
  • Chill in the fridge overnight if hot and serve over ice.
    The steeped Hibiscus Lemonade in a pitcher with ice.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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