iced hibiscus quencher

Nothing Nothing Nothing (shy of a icy cold micro brew) cools you down like a stunning pink refreshing hibiscus iced tea. When you are sweating and filthy from a hard day of garden work like I was today this simple drink restores and refreshes and tastes fabulous. If you have ever been to Mexico you have seen a those huge hot pink coolers full of this tea and if you tried some and fell in love with it as I did while living there, then rediscovering  this jewel will make you smile and bring back the smell sticky mango trees baking in the sun.

I just got my hands on lovely organic dried hibiscus flowers and this is my method of brewing a perfect ‘cupa:

boil 4 cups of water

add 2 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers

1 tsp lemon rind

juice from 1 orange and 1 lemon

1 tsp cinnamon chips (or stick)

Boil for 20 minutes

strain immediately and pour into a a heat proof glass jug.

* at this point you can add some maple syrup or organic cane sugar if you want it sweetened (Apple cider is nice too)

Let cool to room temp then stow it away in the fridge to get icy cold. Garnish with fresh slices of citrus and cinnamon sticks, and enjoy when you are good and dirty and hot!

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