(makes 6 to 8 servings, about 2 1/2 quarts (2.4 l )
|1||cup (1 1/2 ounce, 45 g) dried hibiscus blossoms|
|1||1-inch (5 cm) cinnamon stick|
|spoonable sugar substitute to equal 1/3 cup (63 g) sugar|
- In a large pot, bring 3 quarts (3 l) water to a boil. Add the hibiscus blossoms and cinnamon stick. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Let cool about 1 hour.
- Line a strainer with a double thickness of cheesecloth. Pour tea through prepared strainer into a large thermos or pitcher. Discard solids in the strainer. Pour tea, hot or cold, into ice-filled glasses. Pass sugar substitute separately to add to taste.
Note: We can buy dried hibiscus blossoms at a Latin markets and at natural food stores. You can also use Celestial Seasonings' Hibiscus-Flavor Red Zinger herb tea, following the package directions for making 3 quarts. Made with sugar substitute, the drink is a free food.