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How do you make hibiscus syrup?

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Hibiscus syrup is an infusion of hibiscus flowers, sugar and spices. Make your own with 3/4 cup of dried hibiscus leaves, 4 cups of water, 1 cup of white sugar, a 1-inch piece of peeled ginger, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 star anise pods and a pinch of salt. You also need a stove, a pot, a strainer, a measuring cup and a lidded jar.

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  1. Combine and heat the ingredients

    Mix all of the ingredients in a pot, and bring them to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down, and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.

  2. Steep the infusion

    Turn the stove off, and move the pot to a cold burner. Cover the pot, and let the infusion steep for 5 minutes.

  3. Strain the syrup

    Set a fine mesh strainer over a large spouted measuring cup, and pour the syrup through it. Press on the solids with a wooden spoon, and then discard them.

  4. Pour the syrup into a glass jar

    Pour the syrup into a clean, dry glass jar. Wipe the rim, cover the jar and let the syrup cool to room temperature.

  5. Refrigerate the syrup

    Store the hibiscus syrup in your refrigerator for up to 12 months.

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