I'm writing my first blog post on the hottest day that we have had so far this summer. It's in the 80's — yes, I know it could be hotter. But you must understand, it just started to get warm here in the Pacific Northwest last week . . . Until now we have been living in the eternal land of "mild weather" in the 50's and 60's.
So I'm not sure what I was most excited about today — the hot, hot weather or the first chance to drink something cold instead of my usual hot green tea. On my recent trip to Mexico, enjoying a cold drink was a rare treat. So when I had a glass of cold hibiscus tea it was a memorable experience. Of course I wanted to recreate that drink here at home. I have no idea how the drink I had in Mexico was made, but here I'm pretty particular about the ingredients I use. I was very happy with the results.
8 cups water
1 cup Hibiscus flowers
3/4 - 1 Cup Agave
6 cups cold water
Bring water to boil, remove from heat and add hibiscus. Let steep about 10 minutes. Strain, add agave and stir. Add cold water. Chill and serve over ice. Enjoy!