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Old 10-11-2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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Homemade Jamaica

Hey everyone,

I've been making my own Jamaica from dried hibiscus flowers for the past few months. I just can't seem to get it to taste as nice and refreshing as what I get in the little taco joints around my area. On a hot day I can easily drink 3-4 refills of the stuff at a taco shop. I can't do that with mine!!? Sometimes it's better than other time (sometimes too sweet, sometimes not enough) but after one glass that's enough.

Anyone have a good recipe? I just put the flowers in boiling water and steep for about a day. Then I add sugar. That's it. It's drinkable, but not close to the little taco shop stuff I really like.

How can I make it like that?



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Old 10-12-2008, 03:48 AM   #2
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Hi Scallion, welcome to DC. I've seen this tea as a concentrate, but never bought it or read the ingredients.

I'm having a bout with insomnia right now so I did some checking and found this.

Hibiscus Tea Recipe : Michael Chiarello : Food Network

Maybe you can tinker with the recipe and get a tea closer to your liking.

Good luck with it.

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Old 10-12-2008, 05:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link. I have also done some searching and along with the citrus element you've mentioned, I'm also seeing ginger come up quite a bit. I guess it's a few more months of trial and error. Good thing these flowers are relatively inexpensive at the Mexican markets.
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