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Hibiscus Wild Cherry Ale

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recipe by Frontier Co-op

This natural soft drink gets its fruity tang and brilliant red color 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

    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.
    5. 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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