While Hibiscus flowers have been used in tea a lot over the years, using it as an ingredient in cocktails has become “the thing to do” lately. This probably has some- thing to do with the fact that Hibiscus has a lot of flavor, but won’t over-sweeten your drink. And, of course, it looks nice. This month’s cocktail also got us thinking about infusions and the long list of things you could infuse your spirits with beyond flowers. For example, our regular subscribers may remember our Bacon Bourbon Old Fashioned a while back?
Infusing spirits on your own is easy to do. In this month’s Hibiscus Cooler, we’re cheating a little by using a tea bag and soaking it in our spirit for just a couple minutes.
Doing it “for real” would call for fresh Hibiscus flowers left to sit in vodka for weeks. You can experiment with different edible ingredients....one of our summer favorites is bourbon, infused over the course of a few weeks with peaches. Add some simple syrup and a few dashes of bitters for an excellent Peach Old Fashioned.
Ingredients (for 2):
3.4 oz. vodka
1 hibiscus based tea sachet
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
4 oz. Q grapefruit
Optional lime wheel garnish
As a very first step, pour your vodka into a glass or jar and add the tea sachet. Swirl the glass to make sure the tea bag is fully submerged and then let your infusion sit for at least two minutes. The longer it sits, the stronger the hibiscus flavor in your cocktail. Remove tea sachet.
Add lime juice and vodka to your shaker. Fill 2/3 with ice, then seal and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into two ice-filled glasses, then top with Q grapefruit.