Hibiscus Green Tea

This refreshing drink is as pretty as it is tasty! A culinary school friend turned me on to this tea and I’ve been drinking gallons ever since. You can find dried hibiscus flowers (sometimes called jamaica or sorell) in Latin or Caribbean supermarkets.

I should warn you that hibiscus is a little bit of a diuretic which is great for shedding an extra pound or two of water weight, but might make you pee more than usual. Not recommended for long car rides or hikes in the woods. On the plus side its supposed to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol and green tea will make you live forever.

Hibiscus Green Tea
Makes 1 gallon
1 gallon water
6 green tea bags
1 cup hibiscus flowers
1/2 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
Lime slices for serving
Dark Rum (optional)

Bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags and the flowers. Allow to cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine strainer into a pretty pitcher. (Be very careful not to wear your white cashmere when doing this – the tea will stain. I set my pitcher and strainer in the sink.) Stir in sugar until dissolved. Chill and serve garnished with a slice of lime and a shot of rum if you are feeling like that.