I’m back at it again with another summery cocktail inspired by nature. This time, it’s a Hibiscus Lemon Twist. Remember those Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers from Starbucks? This is like that, but all grown-up. Read on for the recipe!
The star of this drink is, naturally, the hibiscus. I bought some beautiful dried hibiscus flowers from Gathered Threads Farm in Virginia, but you can also use hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is known for its health benefits, but I love it just for the flavor. It’s tart and sweet, with a beautiful earthiness.
The Hibiscus Lemon Twist
Makes 2 servings, to share with a friend or enjoy alone with a good book and some sunshine!
- 4oz vodka or your clear spirit of choice
- 2 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz hibiscus simple syrup*
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice. Shake and strain into coup glasses, or into tall glasses with more crushed ice. The hibiscus syrup will be ruby red, which gives the cocktail a lovely pale pink color.
*To make the hibiscus simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup hot water, and 2 tablespoons dried organic hibiscus petals (adjust hibiscus to taste). Allow to steep and come down to room temperature. Strain out the hibiscus and chill until you’re ready to use.
Now I promised you magical cocktails, so this is where the extra points come in. While picking up a salad share from Little Wild Things urban farm in Washington, DC, I nabbed a package of mixed edible flowers. This particular set included violas, pansies, limited gem marigolds, and snap dragons. I had no idea what to use them for, but they were too pretty to resist!
After chatting with some of the lovely people at Little Wild Things, someone mentioned that the flowers were frequently used to decorate cookies and cakes. I had no plans of baking, but I thought a cocktail would suffice!
Lo and behold, the flowers were perfect. They add a delicate touch to the cocktails and I think they just look so sweet. They instantly turned a nice cocktail into something really special.
It’s been so fun to find new ways to incorporate local and sustainable ingredients into my summer cocktails. Keep an eye out for more and I hope you enjoy!