Do you ever have those recipes you love and one day they just up and disappear on you, all before you remembered to save it in case such a thing occurs?
There was this awesome hibiscus and strawberry infused water I saw Jamie Oliver make on a video once, and for the life of me, I can’t find that video. I think it may be available in a cookbook, but I wasn’t about to buy a whole cookbook for one recipe that might not even be in there. So, I did what any good food blogger would do and made one up myself.
This hibiscus and strawberry infused water packs a PUNCH! You can obviously adjust it to fit your tastes, but there was no “hint of” anything in this water. It was extremely flavorful and I think it would make a great accompaniment with sparkling water or in a cocktail, so do with that information what you will. Follow up with some turmeric tea for an extra hit of flavor?
- 8 cups hot to boiling water
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus leaves
- 7-8 large strawberries, sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp dried licorice
- 1 tbsp dried ginger
Heat the water to almost boiling. While you wait, assemble the other ingredients in a large pitcher. Pour the hot water over the other ingredients and allow to sit and steep. The longer you steep, the more flavorful the drink! I let mine sit for a couple hours, so the final product is darker than you’re seeing in the photo.
I ended up straining everything out before drinking by pouring through a strainer and into a large bowl with a lip. By the end, I had about 6 cups of infused water left to drink.
I know this should be a recipe, but really, have fun with it! I had a specific idea going in, and then realized I didn’t have star anise, so I had to improvise. Next time, I might add peppermint to the mix. Make it your own, and let me know your results by commenting below!