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To start, you need dried hibiscus flowers. I ordered this dried hibiscus on Amazon; for $12 I got a very big bag which will last me a long time, and the quality was very good.
Now, onto the syrup-making!
Homemade Hibiscus Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 3-4 cloves (optional)
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Simmer about 10 minutes, or until sugars have disolved and flowers are noticeably softened.
Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes.
Strain out solids. A fine mesh sieve worked well for me, but you can also use cheesecloth or a tea towel for more intense particle separation.
Voilà! You now have a hibiscus syrup sure to wow guests at your next brunch or ice cream social! This will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.