Jammaican me Crazy (Hibiscus, Orange, and Vanilla) Tea

Serves 3-4

1 Vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise

1 Thai chile, split in half lengthwise

4 3-inch strips, orange zest

1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers(preferred) or 24 hibiscus tea bags

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

2 cups cold water

Thin lime wheels or sprig of mint(for garnish)

Hibiscus

Scrape Vanilla seeds into a medium saucepan; add chile, orange zest, hibiscus, sugar, and 2 cups boiling water.  Let steep until infusion cools to room temperature, about 30 minutes.  Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, into a large bowl, pressing on solids.  Stir in lime and cold water, chill tea for two hours.  Serve over ice and garnish with lime wheels or mint.

 

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