Hibiscus Tea/Punch

AKA: Agua de Jamaica (or Agua de Flor de Jamaica)

• One quart water (4 cups)

• 1 teaspoon grated ginger (you can delete or add more)

• ½ cup sugar (more if you want it sweeter)

• ½ cup dried Jamaica/red hibiscus flower calyces

• Juice of one large lime

Bring water with ginger added to a boil. Remove from heat and add sugar and Jamaica. Let it steep 10-15 minutes and strain to remove the ginger and Jamaica. When cool add the lime juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

-If it is too strong you can dilute it with water, sparkling water, wine, or sparkling wine. To make it sweeter add more sugar or dilute with ginger ale or lemon/lime soda.

-To make a spicier version try adding a small cinnamon stick with the ginger and/or some allspice berries.

-If serving in a large punch bowl garnish with slice citrus fruits.

-It can be served cold or warm depending on the season or your personal taste.

-Makes a bit more than a quart.