Hibiscus Berry & Mint Iced Tea Cocktails

Hibiscus Berry & Mint Iced Tea Cocktails

For the Tea Makes about 8 cups 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers For the Simple Syrup Juice from one lemon 1 cup sugar Zest from 1 lemon ½ cup mint leaves For the Drinks Hibiscus Tea Ice Cubes 6 cups prepared hibiscus tea 8 oz Hibiscus Vodka 2 cups sliced strawberries 1 Tbsp. lemon zest + 2 Tbsp. sugar Lemon juice for rimming the glass Mint for garnish Make the Tea It’s best to make the tea and ice cubes the night before. In a medium saucepan bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Turn off heat and add hibiscus flowers. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Remove hibiscus flowers and allow tea to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile make the simple syrup. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Add in lemon juice, zest, and mint. Simmer on a very low heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the syrup has a nice minty flavor, turn off the heat and strain into a heat-proof jar or bowl to remove mint leaves. Add syrup to tea and mix until combined. Pour into a glass pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. You can always make the tea more or less sweet by adjusting the amount of simple syrup. The rule for making simple syrup is using equal parts water and sugar. If you want, at this point use about 2 cups of tea to make some tea ice cubes. I also placed some extra sliced strawberries and a few mint leaves in each cube. This is totally optional. Freeze ice cubes for about 4-6 hours. Make the Drinks Rim 4 glasses with lemon juice and dip into lemon zest+sugar. Muddle ½ cup strawberries in each glass. Fill glasses with hibiscus ice cubes. Pour 2 oz. of vodka in each glass along with 1½ cups iced hibiscus tea. Stir, garnish with mint and enjoy! Recipe by What Do You Crave

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