31 October 2013

Jamaica

That's the hibiscus drink, not the country, and it's pronounced ha-my-kah. We had similar drinks in the Middle East and since I love jamaica and since it's easy to get dried hibiscus flowers here, I make it so I don't have to buy it all the time.  It's also nice to make it yourself so you can add as much sugar as you like. You can get the flowers at Latin groceries if you're stuck in the US. This is hardly a recipe, but still.

Here's what I do right now. I'll probably adjust things later.

6 cups boiling water
3/4 cup dried hibiscus blossoms, packed 
1/2 cup or less sugar
Juice of one small lime

Steep the flowers in the hot water with the sugar so it dissolves.  After about 10 minutes, strain the flowers out and add the lime juice.  Chill and serve.

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