hibiscus gin sour

hibiscus gin sour

Most people have never heard of hibiscus flowers, but I think it’s safe to say almost everyone has consumed them in their lifetime. How? In red zinger tea! The hibiscus flowers provide the deep color and distinct tartness that red zinger is known for. Here, I steep a simple syrup with hibiscus flowers for a sweet and sour syrup that will make the prettiest gin sour you’ve ever seen.

The hibiscus gin sour is fresh, light and aromatic with its balance of floral gin, zesty lime and the sweet tart hint of hibiscus flowers.

 Best of all, if you don’t have access to hibiscus flowers or don’t want a pound of them, this recipe can be adapted with good old fashioned red zinger tea bags! You won’t get quite the level of tartness or vivid color, but you will get a tangy berry flavor nonetheless. If you’re looking for an even lighter drink, for an aperitif or a Sunday brunch, top the sour with club soda and you’ll have an incredibly refreshing hibiscus tom collins! Enjoy!

notes on the hibiscus gin sour:

  • to substitute red zinger tea for the hibiscus flowers, steep 5 tea bags in the simple syrup for 10 minutes. I’d suggest increasing the amount of lime juice in the final drink, to taste, to compensate for the reduced tartness of the tea bags

hibiscus tom collins

hibiscus gin sour

makes 1 gin sour and about 5 oz of simple syrup


hibiscus simple syrup

hibiscus gin sour

hibiscus gin sour
  • 2 oz gin

  • 3/4 oz hibiscus simple syrup

  • 3/4 oz lime juice

  • lime wedges, for garnish

  • club soda (optional)


hibiscus simple syrup

  1. Combine water and sugar together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved then remove from heat.

  2. Stir in hibiscus flowers and let steep 10 minutes. Strain syrup into a glass pitcher or jar and discard spent flowers. Syrup will keep refrigerated for up to a month.

hibiscus gin sour

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.

  2. Add all of the ingredients and shake until chilled.

  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge.

    Optional: For a lighter drink, strain into a high ball glass and top with club soda.

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