Most of us adults likely grew up gulping Kool Aid on a hot summer day but that's not what we are all about at Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Our summer drink is called Jamaica Tea and it's made from dried hibiscus flowers. It's ruby red and naturally sour so we sweeten it a bit and pour it over ice for a nutrient rich version of Kool Aid. You can buy Jamaica flowers at Mexican grocery stores and stores with a large offering of Mexican ingredients. You can add ginger, cinnamon and/ or lime juice but we like ours simple.
- 2 quarts water
- 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
Put 4 cups of the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in the dried hibiscus flowers.
Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and discard the used hibiscus flowers.
(At this point you can store ahead the concentrate, chilled, until ready to make the drink.)
Add remaining 4 cups of water (or if you want to chill the drink quickly, ice and water) to the concentrate, and chill. Alternatively you can add ice and chilled soda water for a bubbly version. Add a little lime juice for a more punch-like flavor.