- 2 oz dried Jamaica Hibiscus flowers*
- 3 cups boiling water
- 6 cups drinking water
- 3/4 cup sugar (*or 8 oz piloncillo)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 pinch cloves
- 1-2 cups ice (if you need to serve it immediately)
Pour in remaining 6 cups of water and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar or water if necessary.
To serve immediately, only add in 5 cups of water and stir in the 1-2 cups of ice and stir until it is ice cold.
*Jamiaca Hibiscus flowers can be found in bulk or in cellophane packages in most Hispanic stores. If you cannot find them, you can order them online. They are usually called Jamaica (say Huh-MY-ih-kuh) Hibiscus, but sometimes just hibiscus alone is used.
* To use the piloncillo, chop it with a serrated knife into small pices, then dissolve it in the simmering water with the spices(5-10 minutes) until it is dissolved. Follow rest of recipe without adding additional sugar.