Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: Makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:
2 quarts water
3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1/2 cinnamon stick (optional)
A few thin slices ginger (optional)
Allspice berries (optional)
Lime juice (optional)
Orange or lime slices for garnish

Method:
Put 4 cups of the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, ginger slices, and/or a few allspice berries if you would like. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in the dried hibiscus flowers.

Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and discard the used hibiscus flowers, ginger, cinnamon, and/or allspice berries. (At this point you can store ahead the concentrate, chilled, until ready to make the drink.)

Add remaining 4 cups of water (or if you want to chill the drink quickly, ice and water) to the concentrate, and chill. Alternatively you can add ice and chilled soda water for a bubbly version. Add a little lime juice for a more punch-like flavor.

Serve over ice with a slice of orange or lime.

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