My favorite hot weather iced drink is the colorful Hibiscus-Lime Sun Tea.
This photo shows my hibiscus houseplant, some dried hibiscus flowers or jamaica (pronounced huh-MY-ka), and some jamaica soda I found at Pro's Ranch Market in Albuquerque. Even if you've never heard of jamaica, chances are you've had it as it is used in most of the Celestial Seasonings "zinger" herb teas. Here in NM jamaica is sold in bulk in the produce section of some supermarkets and is also sold at most herb and some health food stores. Jamaica is extremely high in vitamin C and once you've made the tea you can eat the rehydrated flowers, use them as garnish, or use them to top non-dairy ice cream.
Hibiscus-Lime Sun Tea
1/4 c. dried hibiscus flowers/jamaica
4 c. water
3 Tbsp. agave nectar
2 limes, sliced
In a large glass pitcher, mix hibiscus and water. Cover and let sit outside or in a sunny spot for 6 hours or until bright red. Strain and stir in agave nectar until dissolved. Add sliced limes to pitcher. Serve tea over ice.
Copyright Nanette Blanchard, 2009.