Reading through my blog you may have noticed that I am a big fan of using fresh seasonal ingredients. With ripe blackberries available throughout the north east and blooming hibiscus plants, it seemed natural to combine these flavors in a pretty cocktail. This one is as tasty as it is colorful.
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What is pink gin?
Pink gin is both the name of a spirit and a cocktail. The cocktail came first in the 1800s made from gin and angostura bitters. In this recipe we are using the spirit. Most pink gins contain flavors of different berries which gives it a pink hue and a flavor that works well in a fruitier cocktail.
Can’t find a pink gin? A regular gin would also work in this cocktail just fine.
Muddling the fruit simply means crushing it to release the juices and flavors of the berries. Don’t have a muddler? A wooden spoon will work however keep in mind that the blackberries may stain the wood.
How to make a hibiscus syrup
Like most home made syrups for cocktails, a hibiscus syrup is pretty easy to make with just 1 cuo of sugar, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of dried hibiscus leaves. To make, add water and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the petals, allow them to steep for 10-20 minutes. You can store this home made syrup in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three weeks.
Most likely you will have to buy dried hibiscus flowers to make the syrup so it might make sense for this one to just buy a pre made syrup. Monin makes a great hibiscus syrup.
Hibiscus Blackberry Gin Cooler Recipe
Hibiscus Blackberry Gin Cooler
- 5 blackberries
- 1/2 oz hibiscus syrup
- 2 oz pink gin
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- Muddle blackberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
- Add syrup, gin, lemon juice and ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with fresh blackberries.