Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

Yield: makes 2 quarts

Your rating: None (4 votes)

These ingredients are:
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The first time you make this concentrate, taste as you go to find the perfect sweet spot. We suggest writing it down with the recipe so you'll remember for next time!

Ingredients

Preparation

Combine flowers, cinnamon and clove in a half-gallon pitcher. Pour hot water over the mixture, stir and let sit overnight at room temperature.

The next day, strain and sweeten to taste. To serve, dilute concentrate to taste with ice and water.

Notes

Global flavor variations:
• Add a split, 2-inch piece of vanilla bean during steeping; serve garnished with fresh mint (Senegal).
• Add a splash of orange blossom water; garnish with fresh mint (Egypt).
• Add a 1-inch knob of peeled ginger root (Jamaica).
• Steep plain, with no spices (Mexico).
• Steep with no spices; add a 3-inch piece of fresh lemongrass (Philippines).

Adult serving suggestions:
• To make a shandy, try a 25-75 blend of concentrate and crisp pilsner.
• For a great margarita, combine 4 ounces hibiscus concentrate with 1 ½ ounces tequila. Dip the glass rim in Hibiscus Salt and garnish with lime.

Each 6-ounce serving: 60 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 0g chol, 0mg sodium, 16g carb, 0g fiber, 15g sugars, 0g protein

More about: beverages, hibiscus

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Delicious and refreshing drink

After soaking the hibiscus overnight, I made the tea concentrate this morning. I didn't have cloves, so I added ginger root instead. Used just one cup of sugar, and that seemed plenty. Still experimenting with ratio of water to concentrate, but so far, my favorite is 1/3 water and 2/3 concentrate over ice. The result is a delicious and refreshing drink. I will definitely make this again and try different flavor variations.

re: delicious and refreshing

So glad you enjoyed it. I've noticed that my preferred ratio changes as it gets hotter. Keep experimenting!
cheers,
Jill

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