May 31, 2023 by Pierre Thiam
Also known as roselle, hibiscus is native to West Africa, and hibiscus water is one of Senegal’s most popular beverages. Through the slave trade, it arrived in places like Mexico and Jamaica, where it quickly became very popular. Today, Senegal remains among the world’s largest producers of hibiscus. With very high levels of antioxidants, hibiscus is healthy and in this simple recipe, refreshing. The mint infusion makes it the perfect summer drink
- 1 quart plus 2 cups water
- ¼ pound dried red hibiscus flowers
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus extra sprigs for garnish
- ½ cup honey or sugar
- 01 .
In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of the water, the hibiscus flowers, and mint to a boil. Turn off the heat, stir in the honey, and let cool.
- 02 .
Add the remaining 1 quart water. Set aside to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and refrigerate. Serve cold over ice, garnished with extra mint.
- 03 .
NOTE: With the addition of light rum, this recipe makes a wonderful punch for a summer BBQ. Serve in a pitcher full of ice with a bit of rum, extra mint, and fresh lime slices.
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