Dried Hibiscus Flowers brewing

Color Week 23 brings us to matching the color of hibiscus flower tea. This color came to mind as I was making some deliciously tart tea from dried hibiscus flowers purchased in bulk at the asian market.

As a color match I have chosen Anthraquinoid Red.

Warm violet-red, this slightly granular, super-staining vat pigment is one of DANIEL SMITH’s greatest creations.   Anthraquinoid Red is bold and dashing. Deep and cool enough for a variation on shadow tones, this impressive red-violet has an amazing range.


I was introduced to Anthra Red [easier to say than Anthraquinoid] in a Birds Watercolor class by Ian de Hoog. I have not had the opportunity to use the color much. I can see it will be great for fruits & flowers coming into season – raspberries, hollyhocks and plums.

Hibiscus Tea

Here is a recipe for the tea from Martha Stewart site. It can be sweetened with any type of sweetner, its very tart alone. Typically I will use sugar or agave syrup plus a squeeze of lime for a refreshing cooler… in the color of anthraquinoid red!


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar


brewing hibiscus tea
Hibiscus is typically not used as a natural dye… but it stains!
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