Hibiscus flower syrup

Recipe

This is the time in the country when Hibiscus starts blooming. And one can find this flower almost in every gardens. This flower has got religious values for Hindus and for me, It’s more important as it has got lots of culinary application as well.

Hibiscus flower

Last week I saw them in numbers in the resort where I was staying for few days. Plucked the flowers, took permission from the chef to use his kitchen and along with my friend Deepak, made a thick syrup from it.

Hibiscus petals

Deepak being person who specialises in mixing beverages, spontaneously made 2 drinks out of it which we enjoyed sitting in the bright sunny lawns of the resort (oh! shall post those recipes later).

Hibiscus flower syrup

Hibiscus flower syrup

Ingredients

  • Hibiscus flower petals 100 grams
  • Water 150 grams
  • Sugar 150 grams

Instructions

  1. Put water and sugar in a pot and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes to make the syrup.
  2. Get the pot off the heat and let the syrup cool down a little. Make sure it is not cooler than 60 degree Celcius.
  3. Add the clean and dry Hibiscus petals to the syrup and let it soak in the syrup for at least 30 minutes. The syrup will start taking on a deep violet/ purple colour.
  4. Strain the syrup using a fine mesh strainer. Keep the syrup in the refrigerator and use within a week.

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