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Product of the month, September: Wild Hibiscus

Elegant and Beautiful, class in a glass...
Elegant and Beautiful, class in a glass…

Wild hibiscus, whether you’ve experienced it or not, is probably one of the most elegant additions you can supply to a cocktail…

With their vivid red/burgundy colours and stunning petal work, Hibiscus Flowers, fresh or preserved are stunning to look at and will capture the focus of any avid customer/drinker.

And the best thing about them is they can be bought by anyone. You don’t have to be a bartender at a top bar, or a scientist stuck in a mixology lab, Hibiscus flowers are a garnish/ingredient anyone can buy and use. However, and here is the catch, you have to know when to use them and with what alcohol (especially when making cocktails).

There are not just flowers on the market either as you can purchase hibiscus flavoured sugar syrups, sodas and even sorbets.

These ingredients will all add a flavour enhancement to your cocktails, but the flowers are what we will be focusing on, as they are the most dramatic and stunning of garnishes you could wish for…

Most commonly used as an elegant addition to any glass of champagne, Wild Hibiscus flowers can make any champagne cocktail look that little more vivid. They’re even edible which makes them the perfect garnish in my mind.

After perusing the official website of Wild Hibiscus, the company who make and sell the flowers in syrup (the ones you’ll want for your cocktails) it is apparent that not only is this an elegant product but also the company is somewhat elegantly run. Family owned and the sole distributor of their flowers to 30 countries worldwide (including here in the UK, and over the other side of the pond in both the USA and Canada). Their brand ambassador, Canadian Mixologist Danielle Tatarin, distributes them across Canada and has helped create some of the magical cocktail found on the website I mentioned earlier.

The links I refer to in this blog can be found at the end of this blog, including a few extra links for further reading. Until then why not try out these 3 great cocktail recipes I love to use the flowers in…

1)      Adam & Eve Martini

Recipe:

2 measures Vodka

3 measures apple puree

1 measure wild hibiscus syrup

Garnish: A skewered, cherry & stuffed Hibiscus flower

Shouting class at your face with every sip...
Shouting class at your face with every sip…

Method:

1)      Shake all the ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled Martini cocktail glass.

2)      Garnish with the stuffed hibiscus flower.

2)      Inaugural Cheer

Recipe:

½ measure Hibiscus Syrup

¼ measure freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 measure Hypnotiq Liqueur

Top up Champagne

Garnish: Wild Hibiscus Flower

created by Danielle Tatarin for Obama's inauguration...
created by Danielle Tatarin for Obama’s inauguration…

Method:

1)      Place the Flower upright in the bottom of a champagne flute.

2)      Mix the syrup and lemon juice together and pour over the flower.

3)      Add crushed ice on top of the flower and syrup.

4)      Gently pour in the Hypnotiq Liqueur

5)      Top up with the champagne.

3)      Wild Hibiscus Daiquiri

Recipe:

3 measures Havana Club 3yo

1 measure fresh lime juice

1 measure Wild Hibiscus Syrup

Garnish: Hibiscus Flower & lime wheel

Daiquiri: Class using Hibiscus & Rum... Shut up and take my money...
Daiquiri: Class using Hibiscus & Rum… Shut up and take my money…

Method:

1)      Place the flower upright in a martini glass.

2)      Shaker ingredients over ice vigorously for around 10 seconds.

3)      Strain into the glass and garnish further with a lime wheel on the glasses rim.

All these cocktails and further information on both the flowers and mixologist Danielle Tatarin can be found through the following links:

Wild Hibiscus Official Site

Danielle Tatarin’s Blog

Meet your Mixologist: Danielle Tatarin

Cocktails O’ Clock: Purple Passion Tea

This one’s for you ladies; Give it a try on a September evening and you’ll never want another cocktail again…

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The drink is called the ‘Purple Passion Tea’ but in reality it’s more a shade of pink… Perfect for the ladies out there…
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I’ve tried plenty of Iced-Tea cocktails in recent years, some classic and some I’ve made up, and when it comes to my female friends this has to be one of their favourites. Now it’s not just for the colour, that’s kind of stereotypical, it’s because of the flavours… Combining smaller amounts of the base spirits and adding a double dose of Raspberry liqueur helps sweeten the drink (and is the reason for the pink hue). The best thing about this cocktail however, has to be the versatility to mix with fruitier mixers. The recipe below is the classic version, and below that you’ll find the best mixers to substitute in for the sour mix… Take your time working out the kinks in this recipe, make a few up and enjoy yourselves. Trust me when I say you’ll love them:

Purple Passion Tea:

1 peeled Passion Fruit

(7ml) ¼ measure Vodka

(7ml) ¼ measure Rum

(7ml) ¼ measure Gin

(14ml) ½ measure Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur)

(112ml) 4 measures Sour Mix

(7ml) ¼ measure Lime Juice

Top up Lemonade

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A great refreshing cocktail perfect for September evenings, but also great for accompanying your desserts…
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Method:

1)      Muddle the passion fruit in a shaker and then add ice.

2)      Add all of the ingredients (except the lemonade) and shake well (5-10 seconds).

3)      Strain into an ice filled glass.

4)      Top with the lemonade and garnish with a hulled passion fruit halve on the rim of the glass.

This cocktail is a less-alcoholic version of the famous long island iced tea (using half the amount of alcohol) and therefore a little easier to handle. Knocking down the alcohol levels does several things for the drink, one of which is the balancing of flavours. If you up the alcohol, you lose the Chambord (raspberry) and passion fruit flavours.

Fervent Shaker Top Tip: For an added touch of fruitiness try substituting half of the sour mix with either pomegranate or cranberry juice. Also, for a really classy touch, try using Hibiscus soda instead of the lemonade (if you do try to garnish with a Hibiscus Flower)…

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Hibiscus Flowers are one of the most elegant cocktail garnishes out there. Done right they are simply beautiful (they’re edible too!)…
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This is perfect to drink with desserts and works well with Cheesecake or Citrus tarts, perfect with the odd bit of sorbet also. Have you ever tried an ice-cream soda? – Home-made it’s just a dollop of ice-cream with a top up of Lemonade. – This is not a new dessert by any means, but this cocktail should have a fruity flavour to compliment such an ambitious idea.

So until next time drinkers, drink up and enjoy!

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And for the ladies: Yellow Hibiscus Flowers 🙂