...or, our new Christmas tea! Well, it's not just a Christmas tea but, with this gorgeous red color, I think I've found another great beverage for our holiday season.
For as long as I can remember one of our holiday drinks has been a cranberry juice/ginger ale punch - pure yummy-ness, lovely and a family favorite, too! But this year, in Honduras, I'm thinking one of our typical, local teas will be just fine. The color is rich and it's tasty too!
By no means is this solely a Honduran tea - it is a popular drink in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe. Our family was first introduced to Jamaica, or Hibiscus tea, when we lived in Africa. Our friend, Chi, served it to us when we visited her at Susana Home outside Aba, Nigeria, West Africa. (you can read about Chi here - she is one of my life-time heroes!) In fact, she gave me a bag full of the flowers they had cut and dried so I could take them home with me. So refreshing! The next time I was served this tea on a foreign soil was right here in Honduras at the home of my dear friend and fellow missionary, Donna. (I love how certain foods or drinks can bring someone or someplace to mind and you're able to re-live those precious memories. This tea is one of 'those' for me!)
For all of you Stateside, don't worry, you can find Hibiscus or Jamaica dried flowers at any international food store or in many of your regular grocery stores.
Here's the way I make it:
|dried jamaica flowers ...|
|some packages have instructions|
|you'll need about a cup of sugar|
|and I use not quite a full cup of the flowers|
|the pitchers here are great - they come with their own strainers - easy to make 'agua frescas'|
|don't you love my old pan? it was my Grandma's!|
|cover the flowers with water, bring to boil and simmer about 5 minutes|
|pour hot tea over sugar and add 1/2 gallon of water, stir until sugar is dissolved...|
|easy as can be, right? and delicious too!!|
*A variation of this tea is to add the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon!