Recipes | 11 February 2016Love in Bloom Cocktail Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Calling all lovebirds! Valentine’s Day is here, and you’re going to need the perfect drink to celebrate. This cocktail from Shake, Stir, Pour-Fresh Homegrown Cocktails is elegant, delicious, and is sure to impress your date. You can find rehydrated hibiscus flower at tea and spice shops, Caribbean and Latin markets, and Whole Foods. A small amount of Hibiscus Syrup topped with champagne and a flower in the glass and you have a beautiful looking and tasting romantic cocktail. It’s important to use a very dry sparkling wine so the acidity and dryness of the sparkling wine balances the sweet syrup and the end result cocktail isn’t too sweet and cloying. Ingredients 1 rehydrated hibiscus flower ½–¾ ounce (15 ml to 22 ml) Hibiscus Syrup to taste (recipe below) 4 ounces (120 ml) Brut champagne or dry sparkling wine of your choice 1. Place hibiscus flower at the bottom of a champagne flute. 2. Top with Hibiscus Syrup. 3. Gently pour sparkling wine down the side of the flute until almost filled. The bubbles in the wine should help the flower “bloom” at the bottom of the flute, and the wine should have turned a lovely shade of pink in the glass. Yeild: One drink Hibiscus Syrup Hibiscus has a lovely sweet-tart flavor and a gorgeous color. Hibiscus is used as the basis for beverages and as a vegetable dye in many cultures. Hibiscus teas, both hot and cold, are popular in Mexico, where it is known as Jamaica (ha-MAI-ca), and in the Caribbean where it’s known as sorrel. It’s simple to make and works in many different applications, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Ingedients 6 cups (1.4 L) water 3 cups (240 g) loosely packed, dried hibiscus flowers 5 cups (1.2 L) sugar 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract (optional) 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (also optional, but works well in several of the cocktail recipes) 1. Bring water to boiling in a large pot and remove from heat. 2. Stir dried hibiscus flowers into the water gently, cover, and allow to cool for several hours or overnight. 3. Strain out the now rehydrated hibiscus flowers. 4. Bring hibiscus water back to a simmer and add sugar, whisking until dissolved, and remove from heat. 5. Add vanilla extract and spice if desired, stirring to be certain all ingredients are fully incorporated. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month, or freeze up to 6 months. You can save the whole rehydrated hibiscus flowers in Hibiscus Syrup to cover for the following cocktail, as a drink garnish, or just to enjoy their tart raspberry-like flavor. They are completely edible and quite delicious. Yeild: Approximately 2 quarts (2L) Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Create Your Own Fresh, Homegrown Cocktails!Pure, intense, and flavorful—homemade cocktails are best straight from the source. Start in your garden or local market and create an in-season, made-from-scratch cocktail to lift your spirits and impress your guests. But be warned: Once you’ve tasted the fresh version of your favorite drink, you’ll never want to go back. Start by making your own syrups:—Simple syrup: an absolute staple and the base for unlimited concoctions —Herbal syrups including Thai Basil Syrup, Mint Syrup, and Lavender Syrup —Spice syrups, featuring Cinnamon Syrup, Ginger Syrup, and Orange Cardamom Syrup —Fruit/vegetable syrups such as Rhubarb Syrup, Pear Syrup, and Celery SyrupMake your own bar basics:—Fresh Citrus Cordials like the Ruby Red Grapefruit-Lemongrass Cordial —Classic garnishes, including real Cocktail Cherries and Cocktail Onions —Classic mixers like Grenadine, Ginger Beer Concentrate, and Bloody Mary MixMake your own infusions:—Base spirits including Cucumber, Lemon & Dill Gin and Jalapeño-Cilantro Vodka —Limoncello: a homemade version of the Italian classic —Bitters: a cocktail classic with new, unique flavor combinations And explore the more than 50 drink recipes that feature your fresh, homemade creations! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.