Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Spiked Hibiscus Tea

There is nothing more fun, then getting dressed up and having some fine cocktails on New Year's Eve.  It is a time to celebrate, to reflect and to make resolutions.  Why not have a cocktail in hand to cheer yourself off to the New Year.

Hibiscus Tea w/ Vodka and Citrus

serves 6
**found in January 2011 InStyle Magazine

6 cups water
3 cups dried hibiscus flowers ($12/lb; earthy.com)
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 cups vodka, chilled (I prefer Kettle One, as it does not bother me as a Celiac, I notice that Grey Goose and other fine vodka's do)
2 cups ice
Fresh slices of lemon for garish

In a medium saucepan, combine water, hibiscus flowers, and sugar over medium-high heat.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved.  Allow mixture to cool for 25 minutes.  Add lemon juice, lime juice, and vodka.  Place ice in a tall pitcher.  Strain tea into pitcher and discard flowers.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  Serve with a think slice of lemon.

Enjoy!! xoxo Julie

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