Don’t let fancy garnish get in your way.
5 g dried hibiscus
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
1.7 L tap water
Bring 1.7 L water to boil.
Add the dried hibiscus flowers to the water while still hot.
Leave aside [NOT in the fridge] for 30 mins – 1 hour (depending on if you’re in a hurry or not!) to release flavour.
Note, you can leave the flowers to soak for hours on end if you prefer. I think I left mine for 3 – 4 hours because I left the house. Either way, you’ll end up with the same great taste.
Cut the orange, mandarin and lemon into large cubes.
Add to a large bowl. Add the sugar and begin to “knead” the sugar-citrus mixture. This way you can extract flavour from the skins of these fruits, too.
Pour the hibiscus drink (with the flowers) and citrus mixture into a large jug or bowl.
Leave in the fridge for up to an hour.
Drain the drink into a jug so as to remove the citrus chunks and flowers.
Add sugar to taste (you may not need to do this).
Serve cold with your favourite meal or snack.