Hibiscus Soda

I do love the Licorice Soda I posted earlier this week, but this one is my personal favorite.
The hibiscus gives a fruity-floral flavor, while the star anise and allspice give a little spice.
You could leave them out for a straight hibiscus soda, or cut down on the amount of them, but I love it just like this. 
We use a Soda Stream to carbonate water, but you could of course just use seltzer water for serving.
HIBISCUS SODA
For syrup:
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flower
6 star anise
2 T whole allspice
3 cups sugar
For serving:
Seltzer water
Place all the syrup ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat, uncovered.
Let simmer 5 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Strain through a fined strainer (I store mine in a canning jar) and chill in the fridge.  
Store in the refrigerator up to 2 months.
To serve, ladle about some syrup into a glass, and pour seltzer water over syrup. (We liked about equal parts, but play around and see how strong you like it.) 
Makes about 6 servings, but depends how strong you like it and how big of glasses you serve in.
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