I discovered Roselle drink in a bottle form when I was holidaying in Taiwan.
Back home in Singapore, each time when I dine at Din Tai Fung, without fail, my drink would be none other than “Roselle” drink.
Today, I found freshly packed Roselle calyces from the market and decided to prepare my very own Roselle Drink.
Natural Health Benefits of Roselle calyces.
A medicinal and edible plant containing Protocatechuic acid.
A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Reduce cholesterol and triglyceride.
Help weight loss, high in Vitamin C, regulates blood pressure etc.
Due to diuretic effect, those who have stomach acid, gastric acid should avoid taking this drink.
Close Up of the Roselle calyces
A packet of fresh Roselle calyces
1 medium size sweet fresh Pineapple
I piece ginger (about 1.1/2 inch length)
2 -3 cloves garlic peeled
Sugar cane slabs/rock sugar (sweetness to your own choice)
Soak the fresh Roselle calyces a large mixing bowl for half an hour to remove impurities.
Drain and set aside.
Sliced the fresh pineapples into medium pieces.
In a large pot, add the Roselle calyces and sliced pineapple and bring to a boil.
The water must be sufficient to cover all the ingredients.
When the water has boiled, add in the smashed ginger and garlic cloves.
Combine the sugar cane slabs together and stir well to dissolve the sugar.
Continue to simmer for about half and hour until the ingredients are softened.
Roselle calyces are boiled in water to extract the dark red colour.
Now the whole pot has turned into a nice dark reddish drink.
Turned off the heat. Leave the pot to cool.
Use a sieve to drain the residues.
Transfer the Roselle Drink into a large glass jar or smaller drinking bottles.
You can serve this drink hot or cold.
Add a couple of ice cubes for a refreshing full citrusy flavour for a hot day.
Find out more about Roselle plant, check out this link.