re: Robert Lauriston
At Latin Groceries it is called "Jamaica"
A basic recipe:
2 cups dried hibiscus flowers(2 packages)
2 quarts water
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste) - or equivalent amount of sugar substitute
Rinse and drain the hibiscus flowers in a colander.
In medium saucepan, bring one quart of water to a boil. Add hibiscus flowers and sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for approximately 15 minutes.
Mixture will be dark red in color.
Remove from heat and cool.
Strain thoroughly and pour into a pitcher. Add remaining water and stir. Chill.
Pour into tall, ice-filled glasses and serve.
Jamaicans mix the "Jamaica" with a equal part of homemade ginger beer or add Ginger and Allspice to the brew.
Since it's described as a weed you may need Euell Gibbons to forage it. If dried will do.
Rumex acetosella is a species of sorrel bearing the common names sheep's sorrel, red sorrel,
Sheep Sorrel c/s Rumex acetosella WC
1 oz. - $2.50
4 oz. - $10.00
8 oz. - $17.50
16 oz. - $32.50