Hibiscus Spritz

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This easy, cool, refreshing Hibiscus Spritz can be enjoyed with or without the alcohol. It’s a perfect drink for backyard entertaining or just a relaxing night at home. Plus, it’s pretty. Make the syrup ahead and keep it in the fridge.

Photography Credit: Nick Evans

There are dozens of delicious sparkling water flavors on the market these days, but there’s something special about making your own flavor. These Hibiscus Spritzes are made with a very simple hibiscus simple syrup that can be used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

It’s something I love to have in my fridge to jazz up my water during the week or to mix up a light and refreshing cocktail on Friday!

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HOW DOES HIBISCUS TASTE?

Hibiscus is a dried flower with a vibrant pinkish color and a tart, floral flavor. The sugar in the simple syrup helps sweeten the drink and balance the sharp taste of the flower. When I let my five-year old try my (non-alcoholic) spritz, he told me it tasted kind of like tea. Indeed, it does, but like a slightly sour, fruity herbal tea.

Dried hibiscus can be kind of hard to find in some areas, but you can order it online without too much trouble! A pound of flowers will last a very long time!

Dried hibiscus is displayed on the palm of a hand. The hand is held above the plastic containers it came in.

HOW TO MAKE HIBISCUS SIMPLE SYRUP

I like to use a 1:1 simple syrup for this mix, which is a bit thinner than some simple syrups. It works out, because the dry flowers soak up some of the liquid. Heat the sugar, water, and flowers in a small pot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, and it goes from cloudy to clear. It should be steaming, but there is no need to boil the syrup.

Once it is steaming hot, remove it from the heat and let it cool and steep for 10 minutes. Pour the syrup through a sieve to strain out the flowers, and you will have a beautifully dark red simple syrup!

WHAT’S THE BEST VODKA FOR HIBISCUS SPRITZ?

I like to use a mid-range vodka for my spritzes. There is no need to use a high-end vodka because the flavor of the hibiscus syrup dominates the flavor of the vodka. Don’t use a super cheap vodka either. For me, I like Tito’s vodka, which is pretty much always in my liquor cabinet.

How much vodka you use and whether you top your drink off with wine or sparkling water is entirely up to you.

Horizontal view of two side by side tall glassed with hibiscus cocktails inside. Ice cubes are inside the glass and a lime wedge sits on the lip of each glass with additional lime wedges to the right of the glasses. Partial view of a bowl of dried hibiscus in the background to the right of the second glass.

NOT DRINKING? MAKE A HIBISCUS SPRITZ MOCKTAIL!

Even if you aren’t drinking, this simple syrup is a delicious thing to have in your fridge. Just a splash of it in any ice water or sparkling water is a nice treat. It will keep for a couple of weeks.

Bonus tip for parents: Kids LOVE this, and it is an easy reward drink. I add just a few drops of the syrup to a glass of water, and my kids think it is super special.

CHEEERS!

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Hibiscus Spritz Recipe

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 spritz

This recipe makes enough hibiscus simple syrup to make eight spritzes. The syrup keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks, so the most important part of the drink is ready for you to enjoy anytime!

Ingredients

For the hibiscus simple syrup (makes about 2 cups):

Hibiscus spritz:

  • 1 ounce hibiscus simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces sparkling water (club soda)
  • Fresh lime, for garnish

Method

1 Make the simple syrup: In a small pot add the sugar, water, and dried hibiscus flowers. Heat over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is steaming. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Then strain out flowers.

Store syrup in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

2 Make the Hibiscus Spritz: Add vodka and 1 ounce of the simple syrup to a tall glass. Stir together and add ice. Top with sparkling water. Serve with a wedge of fresh lime.

Alternate Method: Reduce the vodka to 3/4 ounce and use sparkling wine instead of club soda to top off the cocktail.

To Make a Mocktail: Add 1 1/2 ounces of the simple syrup to sparkling water. Serve ice cold.

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Nick Evans

Nick has been writing delicious recipes for the home cook for almost a decade. He lives in Denver, CO and embraces a delicate balance of diaper changing, trail running and beer drinking. His website is Macheesmo and his first book is Love Your Leftovers.

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  1. joy

    For some of us, booze is the only way we can cope with this terrible virus that has taken over the globe! Cheers!

  2. low and slow

    The Hibiscus flower can be found in bulk at local Mexican Grocery,I have purchased them at FOOD 4 LESS in Woodland,Ca.

  3. Ruth

    Sounds good, but I just want folks to know that the two things that we can ingest that most impair the function of our immune systems are sugar and alcohol. Something to keep in mind when all of us are at risk for contracting this terrible virus. Take care,everybody.

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Horizontal view of two side by side tall glassed with hibiscus cocktails inside. Ice cubes are inside the glass and a lime wedge sits on the lip of each glass with additional lime wedges to the right of the glasses. Partial view of a bowl of dried hibiscus in the background to the right of the second glass.Hibiscus Spritz