Happy Valentine's Day! This is a great time to remind people that you care about them by tucking some sweet handwritten notes in the mail. It's also a great time to celebrate loved ones in your life with a good cocktail, like this tasty Orange Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail. (But before you mix it up, consider sending some short-but-sweet Valentines to our deployed troops or seniors in a local nursing home.)
My mom introduced me to the magic of the hibiscus flower when she served hibiscus champagne at my bridal shower. She rarely drank alcohol, but she sure was giddy over the pretty effect of the blossom and bubbles combo. And that was before she had a drink!
If you want to take the simple route like we did that day, a hibiscus blossom in the bottom of a champagne glass is a great way to dress up your typical bubbly. I wanted to kick things up a notch, though. This Orange Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail is a fancy twist on a simple classic, but still easy to splash into a glass, even if you’ve never mixed a cocktail before in your life!
- 1 bottle Champagne (or other dry sparkling wine)
- 1 jar Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
- Citrus bitters
- 1 Orange or Clementine
- Fresh Thyme (optional)
- Squeeze a spritz of fresh orange into each glass.
- Carefully extract hibiscus blossoms from the jar, and place one blossom in each glass, making sure the blossom points up.
- Add a splash - about 1 tsp - Cointreau to each glass.
- Add one dash of Citrus Bitters to each glass.
- Carefully pour in the Champagne until the glass is ⅔ full.
- Run an orange slice around the rim of the glass and serve with love!
Cocktail Serving Notes & Variations
One bottle of Champagne makes about 4-5 tropical hibiscus cocktails, depending on how big your champagne flutes are.
Tips on sourcing the hibiscus: I got mine at Fresh Market grocery this time, but I’ve also ordered them from Amazon in the past.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! I made a fun variation where I made a strong mug of Youthberry tea from Teavana, and mixed that with Champagne and Hibiscus.
Craft and serve this cocktail with love! Sappy but true - I totally believe that cooking for people, and that includes mixology, is love. If you’d like a stronger pink tint to the drink, just use a spoon to add more hibiscus syrup after the cocktail is in the glass. This syrup is sweet, so the more you add, the sweeter the drink.
For an extra fancy herbal twist, put some sprigs of fresh Thyme in your hands and clap it once or twice to release some of the oils, then add to each glass before serving. The Thyme adds just the littlest flavor that plays well with the citrus. I absolutely love an unexpected herbal note in cocktails.
Hibiscus Mocktail, aka Designated Driver Version
Of course I can’t leave my non-drinkers and pregnant ladies hanging without a DD version of this sparkler! It tastes fabulous if you whip it up with club soda and fresh squeezed orange juice, and add a sprig of Thyme to really make it feel like a fancy cocktail. If you want to keep things looking rosy rather than orange, mix cranberry juice and club soda with a healthy splash of hibiscus syrup.
Regardless of how you drink it, may I recommend serving with some chocolate-dipped fruit ?
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