Bougainvillea Flower Water with Hibiscus
Recipe by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz | Photography by David B. Moore
8 cups water
4 handfuls fresh bougainvillea (flowers and leaves*)
1 cup dried Jamaica flowers (hibiscus)
½ cup honey
Rinse flowers briefly to remove any impurities. Drain. Place flowers in a saucepan with water. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, add honey, and stir until dissolved. Allow mixture to cool for about 15 minutes. Strain flower water into a pitcher. Chill. Serve with ice and bougainvillea blossoms to garnish.
*Clusters of small, white flowers surrounded by colorful, often magenta or orange, leaves known as bracts.