Hibiscus Cooler

When you are pregnant your fun drink options become limited. No booze, no caffeine and a lot of us try to avoid the artificial sweeteners. Lately I have been obsessed with drinking hibiscus iced tea, since I recently discovered that my local market carries dried hibiscus flowers. The hibiscus flower is found in many warm weather climates including Jamaica, Egypt, Mexico and Honduras. Tea made from hibiscus is served as a  mild medicine in many cultures due to its high vitamin C content. It is a healthy flavorful alternative to a standard iced tea (which usually contains caffeine).
Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus Flower
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup dried hibiscus
A hand full of mint leaves
Maple syrup to tasteIn a large pot, bring water to a boil and add in the dried hibiscus and mint leaves. Turn off heat and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. Add in the maple syrup until the tea tastes sweet enough to curb the sourness of the hibiscus. Strain the mixture into an ice filled pitcher.