As the summer months approach I feel the need to make sweet, refreshing, and cold recipes. That means lots of frozen treats and homemade drinks.
Hibiscus is a red flower that is usually brewed into tea and can be used as a natural food coloring. A couple years ago I came across a recipe for fragrant iced tea made of this pretty flower. It has a little spice because the of cinnamon and cloves it contains. Just be careful though because the red color of the flower can really stain!
Hibiscus Iced Tea
6 Liters of water
1 cup Sugar
2 Cinnamon Stick
1 cup Hibiscus
- Set the pot of water to boil and add in the sugar.
- When the sugar dissolves add in the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Boil for 40 minutes.
- Take the spices out of the water and add in the hibiscus. Boil for 15 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and allow the tea to cool. Strain into a pitcher and put in the fridge.
This recipe may seem to call for a lot a water, but it boils down to about half the amount. Make sure to serve with lots of ice and lemon on the side. Enjoy!
One of my favorite comedy groups on YouTube, Studio C, made a series of short comedy sketches, one of which was about Hibiscus. They’re priceless! Check it out: Lobster Bisque