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Hibiscus Tea

  hibiscustea A few years ago, hibiscus tea (or Jamaica) was a secret drink known only to tea enthusiasts, residents & visitors of the tropics, and a handful of foodies. puma pas cher It’s smooth fruity flavor with floral notes and robust color whispered promises of white sand beaches, trade winds, and happiness. timberland soldes iphone 7 plus drop proof case Then, suddenly, hibiscus tea appeared on menus in chain restaurants and even Starbucks chimed in with a berry-hibiscus refresher. bottes ugg soldes super thin iphone 7 case Except none of them tasted like true hibiscus tea. timberland soldes Here’s how to make the good stuff: 20150304_094624Even though I live in Hawaii, I struggle to find organic hibiscus so I order it from Amazon and store it in the freezer. asics pas cher en ligne Truthfully, it’s growing about five feet from my front door so I could just pick it myself but I have no idea what’s been sprayed on the plants in my neighborhood. ugg pas cher iphone 7 phone cases defender You will need: 2/3 cup dried, cut & sifted hibiscus 1 cup of sugar 2 quarts water 1 orange, sliced, for a garnish Bring the water to a boil in a kettle and stir in the sugar. timberland chaussures Once the sugar dissolves, add the hibiscus and turn off the heat. puma homme iphone x case slim fit Stir it and taste-test. toy story iphone 8 case When you feel the flavor is right (2-4 minutes of steeping), ladle the mixture into a strainer above a 2-quart pitcher. soldes timberland Allow the pitcher to rest at room temperature until it has cooled enough to place in the refrigerator. Pour over ice and garnish with a sliced orange (a hibiscus flower, too, if you happen to have them handy). air max homme Moncler enfant doudoune pas cher20150304_09485420150304_095712I had a photo of the hibiscus in the kettle of water but my lens got all steamed up and it looked dreadful. If you are desperate to see what it looks like, click here, though I don’t recommend it. iphone 6 case monkey  20150304_10003420150304_10020020150304_151912I decided to make it look a little fancy today and sat on the back step with my lovely drink while Caleb took his afternoon nap. moncler kenzo phone case iphone 7 It’s overcast and the sky is ready to burst with rain but there’s a delightful breeze moving through our palm trees.

  • Kristine - Approximately how long a steep? What would be the best description of full flavor vs. too little or too much? Black tea will turn very bitter from too long a steep. Looks very much like summer in a glass! Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Simple Livin' gal - Honestly, I’m not sure how long I let it steep. I go by color but it must be at least two minutes. I can’t imagine it getting bitter no matter what. 🙂 I’ll add in the two-four minutes into the post. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Takara - Okay, I officially need to have some Hibiscus Tea now! Thanks for sharing this! Love your blog and can’t wait to explore the archives! New blog friends, Yay!!!ReplyCancel

    • Simple Livin' gal - Yay! Since we’re practically neighbors, I would be glad to make some for you and give you a tour of our aquaponics garden. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brooks Bray - I like your recipe I do something similar but I probably use far less sugar than you and I also add about a tablespoon or so of fresh squeezed lemon… talk about amazing flavor and refreshing.ReplyCancel

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