Tea is for Tuesday – Weekly Recipe #14

I’m deeply sorry it has been a couple weeks since you’ve heard from yours truly. Life has thrown so many curve balls at us between finishing up tax season, subscription boxes going out, starting a new 9-5 gig…. No excuse but it happens. I’m currently sitting in a Starbucks waiting for a team meeting to happen with the 9-5 after just dropping off 22 subscription boxes eager to find their new home!! But I bring you something divine!

Now, I hadn’t heard this recipe called by this name, but it fits I think!! I use to drink something similar in Serbia and fell in love. Hibiscus is one of my favorite flavors. It’s so clean and refreshing. Great for hot days, too. While looking for measurements is when I realized it had this cook name: Jamaica. Generally known as a Cold Brewed Jamaica even…

I found this recipe‚Äč over here¬†thankfully! But I’ll make it easy and just spell it out for us all here.

Cold Brew Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea)

Makes 1 quart

1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers (about 1/2 ounce or 15 grams)
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups cold water
2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup simple syrup
Lime wedges (optional, for serving)

Place the hibiscus and cinnamon stick in a large jar or bowl. Add water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Add simple syrup to taste. Strain out the solids and serve over ice with a squeeze of lime, if desired.

Store the brewed jamaica covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe Notes

  • Look for dried hibiscus flowers (also called flor de jamaica) at natural food stores, Latin markets or online. You can also substitute 4 hibiscus tea bags in place of the loose flowers.
  • You can substitute honey, agave or your sweetener of choice in place of the simple syrup. (Start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste.)
  • Other aromatics you can steep in your jamaica: sliced fresh ginger, star anise, orange peel, allspice, or lemongrass.

I mean, seriously!! Doesn’t that just sound deliciously perfect!?

Now, rush to the kitchen and get to brewing! Let us know what you think about it!