Anyone else feel like we’re in a month full of Sundays? Well you know what they say: when life hands you Sundays, make brunch. Start with this Hibiscus Gin Spritz. It’s refreshing, citrusy, sweet, and has a healthy dose of DIY (because you’ve got the time). Toss on some Garden Party tunes and step into the sunshine.
*Bonus: Make extra and and deliver to a friend’s doorstep. Nothing says “we’re in this together” like a cocktail delivery.
Hibiscus Simple Syrup:
- 2 cups cane sugar
- 1 cup dried hibiscus leaves (get at certain grocery stores or online)
- 2 cups water
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in hibiscus leaves and bring to a simmer. Keep stirring until you get a syrupy consistency that coats the spoon. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain hibiscus leaves and store syrup in a jar the fridge. Syrup will last for a week+ in the fridge and can be used in iced teas, over ice cream, in other cocktails, or anything else that calls for a sweet pick-me-up.
Hibiscus Gin Spritz – makes 1:
- 1oz (standard shot glass) hibiscus simple syrup
- 2oz gin (full disclosure: we ran out of gin, so tequila works too!)
- 1oz lemon juice (typically the juice of 1/2 lemon)
- Tonic water
- Lemon slices
Fill a glass with ice (12oz glass or bigger is best). Add gin, lemon juice and hibiscus syrup. Give it a quick mix with a spoon. Top it off with tonic water and a few slices of lemon. Top with a flower from your garden if you’re feeling fancy.