A few weeks ago I was enjoying a dinner at a local mexican restaurant when I noticed a hibiscus drink on the menu. I had been kicking around the idea of making a hibiscus ice cream for awhile and this cool, sweet hibiscus tea got my gears turning. After some more research, I discovered this dark red tea is an international favorite, loved in the Phillipines, Middle East and South America. Different cultures have slightly different ways of making it, but all utilize the Hibiscus flower as the main flavor component. However, with the Jamaican kick I’ve been on, my path was already chosen. It turns out Hibiscus tea is so popular in Jamaica that it is actually ordered simply as a Jamaica in some areas of the U.S.
For this flavor, I went back to our vegan friendly/dairy free coconut base. The coconut cream was a perfect backdrop for a Jamaican inspired flavor.
As is often done when this drink is served in Jamaica, i added lime zest to give it a citrus-y kick.
These gorgeous Hibiscus flowers are packed with Vitamin C and are steeped in our coconut cream base to extract all of their bright floral flavors.
The Hibiscus petals dye the ice cream a pretty pink.
The result is a rich, coconut based ice cream, laced with a tangy, floral hibiscus with a zippy finish of lime. Vegan friendly and dairy free.
Want to try it? You can win one of the only two pints in the world, filled with this fabulous, scratch made craft ice cream in our weekly pint giveaway. Enter your name in the comments section here, or on our facebook page under the posted contest. 2 lucky winners will be drawn randomly on Friday 4/19 at 4pm. Winners must be able to pick up locally and give us feedback. Pints must be claimed by email within one week or we will redistribute. 🙂 Good luck!