This delicious hibiscus Cooler crossed the border of Mexico with a satchel packed with refreshing taste. This drink is made from a ruby-red Hibiscus flower known as the Jamaica (pronounced ha-MIKE-ah in Spanish). The Jamaica flower can be found in many natural food stores, farmer markets, and spanish grocery stores, however, this flower is known to be elusive, so stay sharp.
2 cups Jamaica flowers (hibiscus)
1 1/4 cups sugar, plus as needed
3 medium oranges cut in half
1. Boil water. Add the hibiscus and sugar, stir while the mixture boils for 1 min.
2. squeeze the juice from the oranges into a non-corrosive bowl and place the orange halves into the bowl as well. Pour the hibiscus mixture into the bowl and steep for 1 hour.
3. Strain through a sieve, pressing on the hibiscus and oranges to extract as much liquid as possible. Taste the liquid for strength and sweetness. If it is too pungent, add water. If it is too tart, add sugar. Cover and refrigerate in a pitcher until ready to serve.
4. For Crunk, add Vodka or Rum