By: Cyndi Amaya
Apart from being one of the prettiest flowers that also automatically remind us of a Hawaiian Luau, the hibiscus flower is also widely known for its numerous health benefits. Recent studies suggest that hibiscus is significantly effective in maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels while also fighting cell-damaging free radicals with its powerful antioxidants.
What interests me most about hibiscus is that additional beauty benefits found in this amazing flower. Among other benefits, it’s known for improving skin by eliminating acne and reducing wrinkles. It also helps improve the texture of hair while also eliminating dandruff.
But the best part of this miracle plant is it’s sweet and tart flavor that it offers to teas and juices. Dried hibiscus adds a sweet kick to any dessert and hibiscus tea never needs to be sweetened which can help reduce your sugar intake in your beverages. All of these features inspired me to create a cocktail as an ode to this great flower.
While the Cosmo is known as a girl’s best friend cocktail, I think the hibiscus should be considered as a girl’s best friend flower. So why not combine the two for a girl’s ultimate weekend cocktail. Try this Hibiscus Cosmo while applying some soaked hibiscus leaves on your skin this weekend for the ultimate spa experience.
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2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce orange bitters
3/4 ounce Hibiscus syrup (method below)*
A pinch of dried hibiscus
- Pour all ingredients into a shaker.
- Add ice and shake vigorously for 7 to 8 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a hibiscus flower or edible orchid.
Hibiscus Syrup Recipe
1 cup water
1 hibiscus tea bag or 2 Tbs of hibiscus loose leaf tea
1 cup of superfine (not powdered) sugar
- Bring water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of hibiscus tea. Let steep for 10 minutes.
- Take the tea bag out and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until all the sugar dissolves.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to use.