Updated: Aug 30, 2022
This wonderful "Island" drink is vastly becoming one of my favorites. I have made the drink with a number of different options by adding cinnamon sticks, cloves, blood orange, and it just gets better every time.
Pineapple Skins from two Pineapples
Whole Ginger Root
1 to 2 Pieces of Turmeric Root
2 oz. Dried Hibiscus Flowers
A Few Cloves (Optional)
2 Cinnamon Stick (Optional)
Agave or Coconut Sugar (Other natural sweeteners can be substituted)
Place pineapple skins (peels), cloves and cinnamon sticks in 1 gallon of distilled or filter water and boil (slow rolling boil) for 30 minutes in a stainless steel pot. Juice whole pineapple, ginger, and turmeric and set aside. Pulp from ginger, turmeric and pineapple can be added the pineapple skins if you like. Remove and strain mixture through stainless steel strainer to catch peels, and then through a sieve to catch pulp. Return the mixture to the stove, add hibiscus flowers and simmer on low for another 30 minutes. Strain mixture through sieve two to three times to catch hibiscus flowers and any remaining pulp (I try to strain my mixture down until it runs cleanly through the sieve, and little to no pulp is visible). Stir in the juiced pineapple, ginger, and turmeric, and 3/4 cups of agave or your preferred natural sweetener. Set to cool or place in refrigerator to cool. Place in bottles once mixture is cool, and store in refrigerator.
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