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Bissap Drink

Follow the recipe to make Bissap, a drink from the hibiscus flower.

Bissap is a drink made from the species of the hibiscus flower known as the Roselle.  The sepals of the hibiscus flower when infused in hot water leaves a pink, red, magenta or dark shade of water. It is important to note that it is the sepals or calyxes and not the petals of the flower that produces this versatile drink.

Bissap Drink
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Bissap

A drink made from the hibiscus plant.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 cups of Bissap sorrel or Roselle or flor de jamaica
  • 1/2 of a cup of sugar to taste
  • 6 - 12 cups water
  • 2 table spoons of grated ginger as you like
  • strawberry food flavor optional

Instructions

  1. Rinse the leaves in cold water to get rid of dirt.
  2. Bring 1 liter of water to a gentle simmer in a large pot.
  3. Put in the Bissap dried flower and ginger and allow the water to come to a strong boil. Boil for some minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and pour the juice through a sieve into a large bowl
  5. Return the Bissap flower to the pot and cover with another liter of water.
  6. Strain this second batch of juice into the first batch of juice.
  7. Continue adding fresh water and straining until the color lightens.
  8. Sieve all of the juice one more time.
  9. Add sugar and flavor.
  10. Chill the juice in the refrigerator or serve over ice.