Happy New Year Everyone!! Bringing you one of my favorite hot beverages for a cold night. Make it alcoholic or keep it straight up. This one is simple and delicious.
Jamaica (pronounced ha-MAI-kah), is the Spanish word for the dried hibiscus flower. When steeped, it produces a tart and berry like flavor, similar to cranberry.
For a hot winter drink, I love to infuse my mulled cider with the flowers. The tartness is a refreshing balance to the sweet of the apple. Once the kiddos go to sleep, mix it with some red wine for the best Glögg recipe to go with your gingersnaps! New Year's Eve? Chill it and add a splash to your champagne. Alcoholic or not, this makes for a celebratory drink for any cold weather occasion.
Hot Jamaica Cider
- ½ gallon apple juice
- 2 pieces cinnamon stick broken into 1" pieces
- 4 pieces star anise
- 5 pieces whole cloves
- 1 cup jamaica flowers
- ½ bottle red wine optional
- Place the apple juice, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and jamaica into a medium saucepot.
- Turn on the heat to medium low and let simmer for 45 minutes.
- Strain out the spices and serve warm.
- If adding wine, add after the spices have been removed.