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Wild Hibiscus Romantic Cocktails

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you have some romantic plans. To help you with some ideas for great beverages with or sans the alcohol, I present to you the wild hibiscus flower in syrup. These recipes are all really good and unique. Choose your favorite(s) and raise your glass in the name of love! Janet

PS-We had a great author on What’s Cookin’ with Janet Zappala today. Amy Reilly, Master of Gastronomy and graduate Le Cordon Bleu talked about all things romantic, more to the point, aphrodisiacs. We know chocolate and oysters are supposed “love” foods, but did you know that truffles, (of the mushroom variety) are also powerful aphrodisiacs?  Women seem to really react to their aroma while men seem to respond to pumpkin spice and lavender as well as the smell of vanilla and glazed. So if you want to land a sugar daddy, tuck that away someplace safe. Want to hear more? Check out

For more on Amy, please visit her website at Enjoy!


2 oz Pinky Vodka
2 oz pear nectar
1/4 oz syrup from Wild Hibiscus Flowers In Syrup
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
2 basil leaves
Splash soda waterWild hibiscus flower
Pear spear
Shake all ingredients on ice with the exception of the soda, hibiscus flower and pear spear. Strain over crushed ice in a martini glass and top with a splash of soda. Stuff a Hibiscus Flower with a long pear spear then place on the side of glass to garnish. Pear spear: cut a piece of fresh pear and lengthwise about 3” long x 1/2” wide.
The Forbidden fruit... the wild flower...
Adam & Eve Martini
Wild Hibiscus Flower, cherry & chopstick for garnish
2 oz vodka
3 oz apple puree (baby food is smoothest!)
1 oz syrup from Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
Stuff wild hibiscus flower with cherry, skewer from side with chopstick for garnish. Shake together ingredients on ice. Strain into glass. Lay chopstick over the glass.
A Rose By Any Other Name ...
1.5 oz Hendricks gin 0.75 oz lemon juice 0.75 oz simple syrup Splash of Hibiscus Rose syrup (out of the jar) 1 egg white Wild Hibiscus flower, for garnish Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and DRY SHAKE for ten seconds. (This will emulsify the egg white.) Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a skewered Wild Hibiscus candied flower. Kim Hassarud,
A delicious start to the morning after…
Wild Bellini
1 oz semi frozen peach puree (canned is fine but make it smooth)
1/3 oz Wild Hibiscus Syrup
Wild Hibiscus Flower for garnish
Prosecco or Asti sparkling wine
Place Wild Hibiscus Flower in bottom of champagne flute. Scoop in the cold peach puree. Slowly pour in the sparkling wine with the glass at an angle to avoid fizz. Pour in the syrup. Give the bottom a small, quick swizzle and the peach puree will fizz up and mix through the sparkling wine.
Ginger gives this simple cocktail a spicy sensual kick
Spicy Sparkling
1 Wild Hibiscus Flower
1 part Domaine de Canton (ginger) liqueur
½ part Wild Hibiscus syrup (Rose or Original)
Sparkling Wine, to top
Place hibiscus flower in bottom of champagne flute. Mix ginger liqueur with hibiscus syrup and add to flute. Top with sparkling wine.