Explore the Role of Hibiscus Throughout History

Yellow hibiscus flower blossoming outdoors in sunglight

In addition to Sparkling CBD soda flavors you've known and loved for years, Colorado’s Best Drinks is now offering two fresh sparkling water options. Like our other CBD beverages, CBD Citrus Water and CBD Hibiscus Tea are vegan-friendly, gluten free and free of preservatives. They also contain just four natural ingredients per can, zero calories and zero grams of sugar. As the warmer weather grows near, our Hibiscus Tea's summertime flavor gets more and more appealing. Read on to learn a few unique facts about the fragrant flower. Then, try our five delicious CBD drink recipes featuring Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea – for a (surprisingly) sweet and satisfying start to the summer season.

Triple Threat of the Flower World

These lovely and aromatic flowers aren't just pleasing to the eyes and nose. The flowers and buds of the hibiscus plant can safely be eaten. In fact, hibiscus can complement a variety of cuisine – the right amount makes a sweet addition to jams, jellies and (of course) CBD beverages. It can also add dynamic flavor to traditionally savory staples, including many soups and curries.

A Single Flower, Right?

Rumor has it that several centuries ago, Polynesian women casually adorned a sole hibiscus flower as a way to communicate their romantic status. If the flower was worn just above a woman's left ear, it signaled that she was unavailable (bringing to mind the tradition of wedding bands worn on the lefthand ring finger). A flower placed behind a woman's left ear allegedly meant that she was available and open to romantic partnership.

Hummingbird flying toward red hibiscus flower

Aloha, Hibiscus

The Hibiscus plant is native to Asia and many regions of North America, including several southeastern U.S. States and the islands of Hawaii. Hawaii also adopted Hibiscus as their state flower (the Yellow Hibiscus, specifically) in 1988. Native Hawaiins call the yellow hibiscus “ma’o hau hele” and its scientific name is H. brackenridgeia. Many Hawaiians use the hibiscus flower for a variety of practical purposes – fashioning the plant's bark into sandal straps, sewing tools and cords to safely secure canoes.

Mythical Beauty

In romantic mythological tales about Greek god Adonis and goddess Aphrodite, the hibiscus plant is used recurrently. One myth includes Adonis transforming from the Greek god of beauty to the also-stunning hibiscus flower to end a conflict between Persephone and Aphrodite. In another, he's changed into an anemone flower before his final transformation to a gorgeous Greek god.

Each of our seven sparkling CBD drink flavors is delicious on its own. Still, if you’re looking to add a little alcohol and variety to our standard Sparkling CBD drink option, you’re sure to love the specialty cocktails the CBD Beverage Blog team has crafted for each of our CBD drink flavors.

Welcome the warmer weather this week with a splash of flavor. Colorado’s Best Drinks’ Beverage Blog team has compiled the following five delectable CBD drink recipes - featuring Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea - to enjoy from the comfort of your couch.

Sparkling CBD Lime Spritzers

Serves: Two

What You'll Need:

  • Two cans of Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea
  • Four to six key limes
  • Two ounces vodka
  • Two ounces fresh lime juice
  • Ice

How It's Made:

  1. Slice all limes into halves, then remove and discard all lime seeds.
  2. Divide vodka and lime juice evenly between two highball glasses.
  3. Add several lime slices to each glass.
  4. Add plenty of ice to each glass - preferably using crushed ice or small-sized ice cubes.
  5. Fill each glass with Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea.
  6. Garnish each glass with additional lime slices if desired.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Mojitos

Sparkling water cocktail in glass with ice and citrus fruit wedges

Serves: Two

What You'll Need:

  • Six blackberries
  • Six cucumber slices
  • Six fresh sprigs of mint
  • Six ounces of light rum
  • Two cans Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea
  • Ice

How It's Made:

  1. Divide blackberries and mint evenly between two highball drinking glasses.
  2. Using the back of a spoon, muddle mint and blackberries within each glass.
  3. Add two slices of cucumber to each glass.
  4. Add ice and approximately three ounces of rum to each glass.
  5. Fill the remainder of each glass with Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea.
  6. Gently stir both beverages until the contents of each glass are well-blended.
  7. Add a slice of cucumber to the rim of each glass as an optional garnish.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Grilled CBD Hibiscus Sours

Citrus fruit slices beside several mixed drinks in glasses on flat, white surface

Serves: Two

What You'll Need:

  • Three ounces vodka
  • Two ounces sweet and sour mix
  • One can Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea
  • Two slices lemons
  • Coarse sugar
  • Ice

How It's Made:

  1. This one requires the use of a bar-qe-que grill. Turn it on, and while the grill heats, slice a lemon into one-eighth inch slices.
  2. Sprinkle coarse sugar onto both sides of each lemon slice.
  3. Turn the bar-be-que's heat to low, then place each coated lemon slice onto the grill directly.
  4. Let each lemon slice slighly char and caramelize before flipping once. Once both sides have reached this state, remove each lemon slice from the grill.
  5. Add vodka, sweet and sour mix and ice to a medium-sized cocktail shaker. Shake contents well for at least thirty seconds.
  6. Divide contents of shaker evently between two rocks drinking glasses.
  7. Top up each glass with Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea.
  8. Add several bar-be-queued lemon slices and rosemary to each glass for added flavor and decorative garnish.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Strawberry Hibiscus Sparkling CBD Daiquiris

Serves: Two

What You'll Need:

  • Six strawberries
  • Two ounces sugar
  • Three ounces Strawberry vodka
  • Half a can of Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea
  • Ice

How It's Made:

  1. Dice the strawberries. Set aside the tops of one or more for later use.
  2. Add diced strawberries to a medium-sized cocktail shaker with two ounces of sugar. Let the combination sit for at least ten minutes (or longer if needed) until the sugar is well-saturated by strawberry juice.
  3. Muddle the strawberries and sugar within the cocktail shaker until the berries are fully crushed.
  4. Add crushed ice and three ounces of vodka to the cocktail shaker, then shake well for at least thirty seconds until all contents are blended thoroughly.
  5. Rub the lower portion of a strawberry top (saved in step one) around the rims of two cocktail glasses to wet them. Then, dip each rim in granulated sugar and shake gently.
  6. Add plenty of crushed ice to two cocktail glasses, then divide contents of cocktail shaker evenly between both glasses.
  7. Top off each glass with Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea.
  8. Add strawberry slices to the rims of each glass as an optional garnish if desired.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Cocktail Medley

Pitcher of hibiscus tea and ice on white countertop

Serves: Two

What You'll Need:

  • Half of one can Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea
  • Three ounces guava juice
  • Three ounces vodka (preferably coconut flavored)
  • Four onces crushed pineapple
  • Juice from two limes
  • Ice

How It's Made:

  1. Add lime juice, guava juice, and crushed pineapple to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for at least thirty seconds until all contents are thoroughly blended.
  2. Add crushed ice to two glasses.
  3. Divide vodka evenly between both glasses.
  4. Top up each glass with Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Tea.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Sweeten Your Summer with Sparkling CBD Water!

Sparkling CBD water cans in hand beside scenic outdoor river

It’s easy to blend your own Sparkling CBD cocktails and mocktails today and every day of the year! Visit the CBD Sparkling Shop to order a twelve-pack or a forty-eight pack of Sparkling CBD Citrus Water, Hibiscus Tea or both CBD water flavors in our asorted CBD waters pack. We'll bring a case to your doorstep - ready to savor straight from the can or in these delicious drink recipes. All five flavors of our sparkling CBD sodas (and our two flavored Sparkling CBD water options) are delicious and refreshing. Our products all contain phytocannabinoid-rich, broad spectrum hemp extract. Better yet, each sparkling CBD beverage flavor is vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, sodium, and preservatives. PCR hemp extract is one of just five ingredients in every can of Colorado's Best Drinks, and you’ll taste that sweet simplicity with every sip.