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Agua di Jamaica

Hibiscus

Iced hibiscus tea is enjoyed around the world for its incredible refreshment and high nutritional value. This wonderful hot-weather beverage is also known as kharkady, karkadé or sorrel, among other names.  Tart, refreshing, energizing, and for many, helps the body deal with heat and humidity more efficiently. Very tart, very fruity, full of vitamins — caffeine-free but still quite invigorating.

Note: Hibiscus is powerfully colored and can stain cloth, metal, or plastic. Therefore…

  • when cooking, wear an apron, or clothes you don’t care very much about
  • use metal pots
  • use glass jugs or bottles
  • do not spill your drink, or drink around things you don’t care very much about

Tools

  • one very large pot, with a cover, for boiling 3 quarts of water
  • another large pot, big enough to hold 2 quarts of tea
  • a good large wooden spoon, or similar tool for stirring the large pot
  • a large strainer or fine colander — we’ll use this once to rinse the hibiscus, and again to strain the liquid, so the finer the mesh, the better
Iced hibiscus tea. Must have two large pots and a fine strainer or filter.