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Hibiscus Gin Cocktail with Cheese Pairings

Hibiscus Gin Cocktail with Cheese Pairings

A bright, botanical bev perfect for pairing.
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Hibiscus is underutilized as a cocktail component—it brings a bright, slightly floral essence to everything it touches. Here it’s made into a sweet and tart syrup and blended with botanical gin (hibiscus-infused if you have it, but regular gin works great), honey, and a touch of lemon juice for a perfectly balanced beverage. The refreshing sour notes and tonic bubbles work well to cut through creamy, palate-coating cheeses like Jasper Hill Farm Harbison, Barn First Creamery Quinby and Bleu de Combremont. Best enjoyed on a tropical vacation, but a backyard will do just as well!

Hibiscus Gin Cocktail with Cheese Pairings
A bright, botanical bev perfect for pairing.
  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 0 min
  • Total Time : 15 min
  • Serves 1

Ingredients

  • For the Hibiscus Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
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For the Hibiscus Syrup

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil.
  2. Add 1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers.
  3. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove pot from stovetop, cover with lid.
  5. Let hibiscus flowers steep for 10-15 minutes in hot water until syrup turns dark pink.
  6. Strain out any leftover tannins with strainer.

For the Cocktail

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, honey, and syrups over ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, honey, and syrups over ice.
  2. Shake for 15 seconds or until shaker is cold and frosty.
  3. Place fresh ice in a highball glass. Pour contents of shaker through a Hawthorne strainer into the glass.
  4. Top with tonic.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.

For more tips on how to slice and serve, see our Cut Guide.

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