Last Updated on September 24, 2021 by The Noms
A flowery hibiscus simple syrup perfect for cocktails!
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.
Hibiscus Simple Syrup
Of course these beautiful flowers also can be used to make a delicious hibiscus simple syrup. You can use Hibiscus Tea if you don’t have flowers that can be used in cocktails or sodas. We prefer to use dried petals in this recipe, as it is easier to work with, and the color and flavor is more intense than using fresh petals.
You can use fresh petals, but know that the infusion time is more, as is the color will be hit or miss, with it either being lighter or darker depending on what color petal you use. We used a
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How to Make Hibiscus Simple Syrup?
This simple syrup is easy to make, but takes some time if you want to dry your own flower petals 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 tried some blood red flowers and our syrup came out almost black!
The hibiscus syrup is sweet (duh, simple syrup) but with a floral cranberry note, berries and almost a citrusy bite from the dried hibiscus petals. When used in drinks it can bring a subtle tangy flavor and a bold rich color. Great in cocktails and mocktails alike.
Right away when infusing the hibiscus starts to cast a red color in the water right when adding the petals. Hibiscus has been used with beets in natural food dye and it is such a bright red color.
We heat the syrup until it boils, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then pull off the heat. Add the dried hibiscus petals and steep for at least 15 minutes. This was our desired color in that time, but you can go as long as an hour if you want a richer and more flavorful syrup with a darker color.
How Do You Store Hibiscus Syrup?
Once the petals are strained out, we store it either in a mason jar or a swing top bottle. The swing top bottles have a stopper to keep the syrup air tight, and it does keep longer than even in a mason jar. It stays well in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
What Is Hibiscus?
Hibiscus is a flower originating from Asia and the Pacific Islands. The flowers are dried and made into tea, which can be steeped as hot tea, or iced tea.
Where To Find Dried Hibiscus
Hibiscus can usually be found in teabags at grocery stores. We bought a bag of dried petals, and they will keep for a long time.
Can Simple Syrups go bad?
They can get moldy if they sit too long. We encourage you to store it in the fridge in an airtight container but for no more than two weeks. We actually have a whole shelf of simple syrups in our fridge at any given time!
What Do You Use Hibiscus Simple Syrup For?
- Simple sodas with a tablespoon of the syrup over ice with sparkling water or soda water (almost an Italian soda). Great as a non-alcoholic drink.
- Add to cocktails instead of regular simple syrup for a floral flavor, or in tropical cocktails. Think fun hibiscus margaritas, hibiscus mojito, Gin & Tonic, or our Hibiscus Salty Dog.
- You can use it for ice creams and dessert, either in the recipe or drizzled on top.
- Stir into iced tea or lemonade.
- Freeze as ice cubes for drinks (cocktails, mocktails and tea alike!)
- Give bottles as gifts to teachers, hostess gifts or Christmas presents!
- Use as a substitute for grenadine syrup as in a Shirley Temple or other cocktails, teas and Holiday punches.
Other Homemade Simple Syrups
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Flower Simple Syrups
- Lilac Simple Syrup – The Domestic Wildflower
- Lavender Simple Syrup
- Orange Blossom Simple Syrup – Maureen Abood
- Chamomile Syrup – Emeril
- Violet Simple Syrup – Feasting at Home
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A floral simple syrup, make with hibiscus petals.
Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus petals, any color
- 1 cup water
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil.
Take off heat and add hibiscus petals, let steep for at least 15 minutes.
Strain out petals.
Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 1 week.
You can use fresh petals as well, but let there be more time for steeping to leech out the color and flavor.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g
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