Winter Cocktails Accented with Hibiscus Tea

Posted by Rachelle Miller on

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a warm, comforting cocktail. If you're looking to switch things up from the usual hot cocoa or spiked cider, why not try incorporating hibiscus tea into your winter cocktails?

Hibiscus tea is made from the dried petals of the hibiscus flower and has a tart, cranberry-like flavor. It's often used to add a pop of color and flavor to cocktails, and it pairs particularly well with citrus flavors.

Here are three hibiscus tea-based winter cocktails to try:

  1. Hibiscus Margarita: Combine 1.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of hibiscus tea syrup (recipe below), 1 ounce of lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  2. Hot Hibiscus Toddy: In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, 1 black tea bag, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 tablespoon of honey to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1.5 ounces of dark rum and 1 ounce of hibiscus tea syrup. Pour into a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

  3. Hibiscus Tea Daiquiri: In a blender, combine 1.5 ounces of white rum, 1 ounce of hibiscus tea syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, and 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Hibiscus Tea Syrup:

In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the hibiscus flowers and remove from heat. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes, then strain out the flowers and discard. Transfer the syrup to a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Give these winter cocktails featuring hibiscus tea a try and add a little tropical flair to your cold weather gatherings. Cheers!

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