A twist on the classic salty dog, we added hibiscus syrup!
In the heat of the summer, we love to sip cocktails by our swimming pool (and a lot of times in the pool too!) Nothing is as good as a crisp tart drink on ice, especially cocktails with fresh citrus in them, and this hibiscus cocktail, the Hibiscus Salty Dog, definitely fits the bill!
Our summer has definitely been a warm one, so our weekends have been spent floating in the pool. We have been entertaining guests who want to seek refuge from the heat in our pool. We mentioned that we had made a syrup from some of the hibiscus flowers that decorate our deck. Our guests had never tasted anything with hibiscus were very interested in trying a drink with our hibiscus syrup.
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We figured one of our favorite summer cocktails might be a great way to introduce hibiscus, so we started with a Salty Dog. This cocktail combines grapefruit and vodka on crushed ice to make a crisp, tart drink that is very refreshing. With this classic as a starting point out, we added in some of our hibiscus syrup and changed it from tart to a cocktail that plays between sweet and tart.
We had initially thought that the subtle notes of the hibiscus might be dominated by the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. But, then we added the tart citrus juices brought out some floral flavors and strengthened the hibiscus flavors. The hibiscus syrup is not super sweet and by itself has some tart notes that really work well with the crisp slightly bitter grapefruit.
We added a splash of lemon juice to give just a hint of brightness that gave a hit of sourness that brought the Hibiscus Salty Dog right into balance. A Maldon Sea Salt rim on the glass gives a nice salty edge and helps the drink live up to its name! Give the Hibiscus Salty Dog a try next time you are spending the day out by the pool!
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- 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 2 1/2 oz Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- 2 oz vodka
- dash of lemon juice
- salt for rim
Rim the glass with salt, fill with crushed ice.
Combine juice, simple syrup and vodka in cocktail shaker, shake to mix.
Strain into ice filled glass.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 51mg Carbohydrates: 64g Fiber: 0.6g Sugar: 4g Protein: 0.4g
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