I have a problem. I can’t stop infusing liquor! It’s like a disease.
So, don’t start because you might get hooked on it like myself and $150 later, your kitchen counters are lined with herbal, rooty and fruity high-proof vodka infusions that only a binging lush could ever dream to make a dent in.
On the other hand, in terms of prepping, this wasn’t my worst idea! You laugh now but once prohibition rolls around again, you’ll be knocking on my door.
Worst case scenario: I’ll have a party. Nobody is going to turn down free handcrafted cocktails, am I right?
So, I guess it’s not quitting time yet and much to your advantage (I hope), I’ll be sharing several more of these drink recipes!
Hibiscus is a special friend of mine. She’s bold, tart and tangy with the most amazing shades of red I’ve seen!
I love to add just a pinch of dried hibiscus flowers to my tea mixes as it turns any drink into a spectacle, both in terms of coloring and flavor.
In this particular case, I drowned a healthy portion of Hibiscus in 100 proof vodka and it took about 20 seconds for the clear liquor to take on a bloody-murder-crime-scene shade of red!
If you think I’m totally just indulging here, you’re wrong.
Hibiscus extract is a major anti-obesity player! Studies have shown that hibiscus extract reduces body weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat, and waist-to-hip ratio.
More importantly, though, hibiscus reduces high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and combats digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems.
Having a “Rosy Cheeks” hibiscus drink once in a while doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?! It’s the perfect blend of curative herbs and festive bubbles!
As you already know, I can’t be stopped 🙂
“Rosy Cheeks” – A Sparkling Hibiscus Affair
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 8 oz / 1 cup 100 proof vodka
- ⅓ cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 8 oz / 1 cup hibiscus infused vodka
- 1 oz / 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 oz / 4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- large handful of ice
- 1 bottle (750ml) dry or extra-dry sparkling wine
- MAKE AHEAD // Add dried hibiscus flowers to a glass jar with lid and cover with vodka. Close tightly and allow to infuse for at least 24 hours (ideally several days), strain and keep infused vodka in an airtight bottle (or jar).
- Add vodka, maple syrup and lemon juice and ice to a cocktail shaker (or large canning jar with lid). Shake vigorously and divide mixture between four medium size glasses (with ice or strain, if desired). Top off with sparkling wine (about ¾ cup per glass) and — cheers!