In the summer, we do lots of drinking on the patio by our swimming pool. We love to entertain out by the pool, sipping on cocktails and enjoying a little socializing with friends. Of course any good party has to have good decor, and we always decorate our pool deck with lots of beautiful hibiscus plants which give the pool deck a tropical feel with lots of beautiful flowers. Of course these beautiful flowers also can be used to make a delicious hibiscus simple syrup that can be used in cocktails or sodas.
This syrup is easy to make, but takes some time as you need to collect and dry flower pedals before making the hibiscus simple syrup. It is also important to note that the color of the syrup can vary greatly depending on the color of the flowers used to make the syrup. We used some blood red flowers and our syrup came out almost black! The hibiscus syrup is sweet, but with a floral tangy almost citrusy note from the dried hibiscus petals. When used in drinks it can bring a subtle tangy flavor and a bold rich color. Cheers!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup dried hibiscus petals, any color
- Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Take off heat and add hibiscus petals, let soak up to 15 minutes.
- Strain out petals.
- Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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