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Sweet Hibiscus Sour

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I’ve got quite the boozy cocktail for you today – one that’s a bit on the stronger side yet still full of flavor! The Sweet Hibiscus Sour is a variation on a classic gin sour cocktail. Citrusy, tart, but with a subtle sweet smoothness with each sip. Lately, I’ve been using hibiscus flower in quite a bit of my cocktail recipes, and I just can’t seem to get enough of it. A versatile and unique ingredients, it’s sure to make a cocktail stand out from the rest.

Let’s get into this lovely libation!

As mentioned, this cocktail is a bit on the stronger side and that’s because it not only has one spirit at its core but two! At heart this is a gin sour, but I’ve added some brandy in there to elevate the drink. Starting off with the gin, this popular spirit is known for its floral notes thanks to the use of juniper berries. Flavors will vary depending on the type of gin you use, and I’ll leave that to your judgement. Some gins have distinct floral notes while others have herbal, piney flavors. For this Sweet Hibiscus Sour, I recommend going with a gin leaning towards those floral notes like Bloom or Hendricks. It makes for a smoother libation and blends seamlessly with the other ingredients in this recipe.

As for the brandy, I went with an apple infused brandy to give this drink more of a fruity flavor and sweeten it up. Apple brandy carries the essence of apples while also having a somewhat complex finish. I’ve only added a touch of apple brandy so that the gin isn’t overpowered by the traditional bold flavors of brandy.

For the sweetener, I picked honey to further complement those sweet apple notes from the brandy. Apple brandy is known for its dash of honey sweetness and the addition of honey itself enhances those flavors while acting as a sweetener as well. It’s also a sweetener with a thicker consistency, which gives this mixture more depth.

The addition of lemon juice is standard, as this is a sour cocktail. Lemon juice is typically the standard, and I don’t want to over-complicate things as there are so many rich ingredients already at play in this recipe.

Finally, hibiscus simple syrup is technically another sweetener, but I’ve utilized it to bring out the needed hibiscus flavors. Hibiscus is known for its naturally tart and tangy flavor, similar to cranberries. This acidity balances the sweetness of the syrup, making it refreshingly crisp rather than overwhelmingly sugary. This ingredient is also what gives this mixture its deep, magenta-like hue.

We finish things off with a drop of egg whites from a single egg. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’ll know I like adding egg whites to my sour cocktail recipes. Sour cocktails tend to have many bold flavors at play, and egg whites allow the mixture to thicken up and smooth out. It also adds that frothy top, giving the cocktail an extra layer of velvety goodness each time you take a sip.

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Step 1: Add all ingredients into a shaker and give it a dry shake (NO ice) until mixture is foamy. ⁠

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Step 2: Add ice into the shaker and shake again until chilled.⁠

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Step 3: Strain the cocktail mixture into a coupe glass and sprinkle a small handful of dried hibiscus petals atop the foam.

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The Sweet Hibiscus Sour is a cocktail that is filled with complex flavors but with a foundation that we are familiar with in sour cocktails. Rich yet refreshing, this is the perfect libation to enjoy over the weekend after a long week, as I’ve been doing lately.

I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I have and I can’t wait for you to try it for youselves!

Sweet Hibiscus Sour

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add all ingredients into a shaker and give it a dry shake (NO ice) until mixture is foamy. ⁠
  2. Step 2 – Add ice into the shaker and shake again until chilled.⁠
  3. Step 3 – Strain the cocktail mixture into a coupe glass and sprinkle a small handful of dried hibiscus petals atop the foam.

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