by Tyra
Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea) (0055)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: Makes 2 quarts

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

1 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.

2 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.)

3 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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