If you’re looking for something a little different to serve at your summer gatherings, this hibiscus tea cocktail is a definite winner! The tea becomes a wonderful deep pink color and steeping it with a cinnamon stick gives it that extra little something that will make people say “What is that?” with smiles on their faces – the ultimate culinary compliment. You can find dried hibiscus in most markets, sometimes in the ethnic aisle. If you don’t use them all, they will keep in a sealed glass jar for at least one year, though you’ll want to make this tea over and over. If you’re feeling lazy you can also purchase loose leaf hibiscus tea or tea bags. This cocktail works perfectly for outdoor parties, the ones that turn from day to night and probably involve loads of bug spray and laughter.
Hibiscus Tea Cocktail
makes 7 cups tea
4 cups water
1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers (or hibiscus tea bags)
1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
1/2 cinnamon stick
Additional 3 cups water
limes, to garnish
Optional: Tito’s vodka
Also good with a sprig of mint
Boil 4 cups water. Remove water from heat, add hibiscus, cinnamon stick and honey/maple syrup, cover. Let steep 10 minutes. Carefully* pour tea through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher and add 3 cups cold water.
To serve as a cocktail, fill cups with ice, add the desired amount of vodka (or gin), about 2 oz. + tea to fill. Squeeze in a lime and enjoy!
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