Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Refreshing drink made with an infusion of dried hibiscus flowers.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 2 quarts water
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • A few thin slices ginger (optional)
  • Allspice berries (optional)
  • Lime juice (optional)
  • Orange or lime slices for garnish

Pecan crumble ingredient
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, ghee, or duck fat (room temperature, if it was in the refrigerator)
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (I used mostly parsley with just a couple rosemary needles and a few thyme leaves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
Directions
  • Put 4 cups of the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, ginger slices, and/or a few allspice berries if you would like. 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, ginger, cinnamon, and/or allspice berries. (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. Serve over ice with a slice of orange or lime.

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