Hibiscus-Vodka Cocktail with Mint and Jalapeño
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Serves: 3 cups syrup
 
This gorgeous cocktail combines homemade hibiscus syrup with lime, vodka (or gin), and a few slices of jalapeño and mint.
Ingredients
Hibiscus Syrup
  • 3 cups water
  • ¾ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • ½ cup sugar (you could also use agave or honey)
For 2 Cocktails
  • ½ cup hibiscus syrup
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 4 ounces vodka (or gin)
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar (optional, if you like a sweeter drink)
For garnish
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced into rounds
  • A few mint sprigs
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced into wheels
Instructions
  1. Make the hibiscus syrup: In a saucepan, add ½ cup sugar to 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Add dried hibiscus and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a jar or glass container and chill until cold (about 30 minutes). Can be made up to 2 weeks ahead.
  2. Make two cocktails: Add ice, chilled hibiscus syrup, lime juice, sugar (if using) and vodka to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine.
  3. Add ice to two highball glasses and divide into each glass. Twist a few leaves of mint and add to each glass along with 2 or 3 slices of jalapeño, and a lime wheel.
Recipe by Nerds with Knives at https://nerdswithknives.com/hibiscus-vodka-cocktail/