A recipe from the Sneaky Kitchen
2 cups water
1 Tbsp. dried hibiscus or 1 double or 2 small or single hibiscus flowers
1 small or 1/2 lg, cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp honey
Juice of 1 orange or 1/2 lemon or lime
Remove flowers (if using fresh) from calyx (the green part); chop flower coarsely. If you haven't fresh or dried, use 1 hibiscus teabag. Place hibiscus & cinnamon stick in a glass or ceramic pitcher or bowl. Heat water to boiling & pour over hibiscus. Steep for 20 min. Meanwhile, juice orange or 1/2 lemon or lime. Strain hibiscus brew into a 3 cup+ container. Add honey, stir, & add citrus juice. Taste; if too tart add a little honey; if too sweet, more lemon juice. Serve hot, cold or over ice cubes.
Red hibiscus are reputedly healthiest.
Fresh flowers are better than dried.
Ceylon cinnamon, the fuzzy crushed sticks, are better than thick smooth ones Unpasturaized natural honey reportedly has health benefits over or heat-treated.
Fresh citrus juice is preferable to that in a carton, bottle or frozen, but use if needed.
NEVER give honey to babies!