One of the first things that I usually try out in a new cuisine is their beverage / Drink. Beverages are easy to prepare, can be experimented in small quantities and there are no left overs.
So in that manner, when I hosted the Flavors of South Africa in the series started by Nanya of Simply food, I searched for a beverage and found one here. I knew this was easy but to find the hibiscus flower was the hard task.I saw a huge hibiscus bush in one of the houses down the street and asked them for a few and they gladly helped me out...
I used :
Fresh hibiscus flower - 5 numbers , use only the petals
Hibiscus power - 1/4 teaspoon
Honey to taste
Mint leaves to garnish
- Wash the petal
- Heat a cup of water in a pan and when it comes to a rolling boil, add the petals, cover and let it seep for 20 minutes.
- Stain, cool and add honey to taste
- Serve with a few ice cubes, garnished with a mint sprig.
- To enhance the color of the drink I added a little hibiscus powder. It can be omitted.
- In case the fresh flowers are not available, dry flowers / powder can be used.
- White sugar can also be used to sweeten.
Labels: Cooking with herbs / flowers, Cool Comforts, Flavors from across the border, Flowers, Juices, Party Bev