This amazingly delicious and refreshing iced tea recipe came about when I decided last week to do all of my shopping at the local Mexican grocery store. When I was in high school I lived in Mexico for a year and I loved all of the food there. In Mexico their main meal is mid-day, around 2pm or 3pm. Each meal is usually served with an "agua fresca" a refreshing flavored water made with local fruit. One of my favorites is the hibiscus water or agua de jamaica. It is so pretty and refreshing! It is made from hibiscus flower petals that are dried.
In the Mexican market I was able to find these dried hisbiscus flower petals in a bulk bin and got a whole bag full of them. It only takes 4 tablespoons of flower petals to make a whole pitcher of iced tea, so these will last quite a while. It was a wonderful adventure buying the week's groceries at this market. I made some amazing discoveries.
I encourage you to go on a local adventure! Go grocery shopping at a different market and discover some amazing ingredients to play with. I wish you well on your adventures!
This week here in Oregon it has been very, very hot! In fact, yesterday it hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So, I will certainly be enjoying several glasses of this iced tea today to keep cool. Enjoy!
Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea:
4 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
2 cups boiling water
1 cup frozen strawberries, defrosted (keep the juice)
4 tablespoons maple syrup or to taste
4 cups water
1. Place the dried hibiscus flowers in a glass liquid measuring cup. Add the 2 cups boiling water. Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes.
2. Place a fine mesh metal strainer/sieve over a medium bowl. Pour the hibiscus mixture into the sieve to strain out the flower petals.
3. Cool the tea mixture down.
4. When the tea mixture is cool, place it in a glass pitcher.
5. Add the strawberries, their juice and the maple syrup to taste.
6. Let sit in the refrigerator until the flavors meld- overnight is best. You will taste more of the strawberry flavor the more you let the iced tea marinate.
7. Enjoy in glasses poured over ice!
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Recipes for a Cheery Life: Gluten Free Brunch