Hibiscus Wild Cherry Ale

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  • Total Time: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 15 mins
  • Makes: About 3 pints concentrate

This natural soft drink gets its fruity tang and brilliant red color from a homemade concentrate made from hibiscus blossoms and dried cherries.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water

    1 cup dried cherries, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (do not use vegetable-oil-treated cherries)

    1 tablespoon Frontier Co-op Wild Cherry Bark

    1/4 cup Frontier Co-op Hibiscus Flowers

    2 cups Frontier Co-op Organic, Fair Trade Cane Sugar

    Sparkling water

Directions

    To make the concentrate:

    1. Place water in pan and add dried cherries and wild cherry bark.
    2. Bring pot to boil, reduce to simmer, cover and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
    3. Turn off heat, add hibiscus flowers and sugar and stir until dissolved. Cover and let steep until cool, about 1 1/2 hours.
    4. Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve, then through one or more coffee filters into a clean, sterile jar.

    To make the hibiscus wild cherry ale:

    1. To mix ale, use a 1:6 ratio of concentrate to sparkling water. Adjust ratio for more or less sweetness according to your personal dietary preferences and desired taste.

     

    RECIPE TIPS:
    For an even prettier presentation, garnish drink with whole frozen, pitted cherries.

    Store concentrated extract in refrigerator for up to three months.

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