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Hibiscus Cooler


This refreshing beverage simulates the rose-colored iced drinks at Caribbean street carnivals. For best results, make the tea the night or morning before serving.


  • 8 tea bags (Red Zinger or other tea containing hibiscus flowers)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 quart chilled pineapple juice
  • 1 quart chilled sparkling water
  • 1 to 2 cups orange juice (optional)
  • 1 sliced lime, lemon or orange, for garnish


  1. Steep the tea bags in the boiling water for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags. Refrigerate about 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Combine the tea with the pineapple juice, sparkling water and orange juice. Stir. Add more or less juice or water to taste. Garnish with lime, lemon or orange slices.

Serves 12.

Variations: Add a cinnamon stick to the tea as it brews. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh ginger juice just before serving.

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