This gin fizz recipe features a hibiscus beverage, which gives it a different twist. When the weekend is coming, and I know we’ll be getting together with friends for drinks I make hibiscus essence at home. In Guatemala, you can find dried hibiscus flowers at the supermarket in the produce section, and it takes no time at all to get it done. Just add about 2 cups of the dried flowers to about 8 cups of water and let it boil for 15 minutes, covered. Strain it, and you have your essence…. it will be concentrated and very, very tart. And, you will have plenty for lots and lots of drinks. Don’t add sugar yet, you will do that when you make the hibiscus beverage out of this essence.
To make the hibiscus beverage, you take some of the essence and add additional water (about 2 parts hibiscus and 1 part water) and sugar until you get the sweetness you like. Since you will use the beverage as an ingredient for this cocktail, I would recommend you add a little more sugar than you would add if you were drinking it by itself. Remember, you will add sparkling water to it, which will water it down even more.
If you don’t have time to make the hibiscus beverage, you can make this cocktail using cranberry juice. And, you could also use blackberries as a garnish if blueberries aren’t available.
As far as the gin is concerned, we used Brockman’s, which we’ve seen around lately and were curious to try. If you can get some, we definitely recommend you try it! It’s delicious.
Hibiscus Gin Fizz
Recipe from The Foodies’ Kitchen
3 ounces gin
4 ounces sweetened hibiscus beverage
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce fresh orange juice
2 ounces sparkling water
a splash of tonic water
lime slices, for garnish
fresh or frozen blueberries, for garnish
- Combine the gin, hibiscus beverage, lime and orange juice in an ice-filled, old-fashioned glass.
- Top with the sparkling and tonic water, garnish with the blueberries, and serve.
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