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Monday, 18 October 2010

Roselle Syrup Drink

Roselle flowers
PureGlutton and I were at Bayan Indah. We both tasted a delish roselle drink that day. Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus which is Malaysia's national flower! PureGlutton enquired Rohani Jelani about it and was told the roselle flowers were harvested in the garden and turned into the drink. We asked if we can have some and was glad that we could harvest from her trees. PureGlutton even got some dried seeds since Rohani had mentioned it's very easy to grow and matured within 6 months!  I went to the patch with a pair of scissors and snipped down 2 bagsful of those huge bulbs of roselle flowers.

Roselle flowers - side

The next day, I quartered the flowers and wash the inner part. Dumped them all into a saucepan and fill them up with water. I added brown rock sugar but try not to do that cos it gives a heavy cane sugar taste to the roselle. I think white rock sugar or normal sugar would be better. I've added in too much water hence it's not a thick and syrupy but it was ok, just don't need to add so much water.

Roselle flowers - top

I strained the pulp and place them in a clean dry jar. Those are still in the fridge. I guess can use them in cheesecakes or cakes. I stored the syrup in the fridge and just add water to it to make a refreshing roselle syrup drink.

Roselle Syrup Drink

I've also tried adding alcohol to the syrup :p I've done with Malibu but since it's sweet, I added more sweetness and the Malibu rum kinda overpowered the roselle taste. Then I tried with some Absolut Citron and surprisingly it turned out fabulous. The citrus in vodka cuts down the sweetness!


I'm submitting this for Muhibbah Malaysian Monday blog event. This event is the brainchild of  Shaz (Test With A Skewer) and Suresh (3 Hungry Tummies). Read more here.


PureGlutton said...

You can actually eat the roselle bulbs after boiling them. They're a bit chewy & succulent - good fibre too! I love this drink - just like Ribena! It's got antioxidant properties, so i heard ;)

foodbin said...

i have some cutting, too-thanks for sharing.

Kenny Mah said...

The colour is so striking and vivid. Fabulous.

And add vodka? Haha, well that makes it sound even better! ;)

Babe_KL said...

PG, yeah I still have them in my fridge

foodbin, have you cultivate them yet??

Kenny, LOL I would have expected that coming out from Sean instead of you hahahaha

kb1nyd said...

I have had this drink in Thailand while visiting my Fiance. I do daily vlogs on YouTube, and my Fiance sends me vids from Thailand to add. Check this link out, it has the Roselle drink in it:
If you want, sub and watch more vids from me and my awesome Thai Fiance!