Hibiscus Vodka has such a lovely soft floral flavor and is ready in about 8 hours! I used red petals to make a lovely pink vodka that makes the prettiest cocktails!
So a few weeks ago, I won an Instagram contest! One of the prizes was an amazing collection of edible flowers and herbs from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals!
There were pansies, hibiscus, star flowers and more!! I immediately started thinking of all the ways that I could use them!
It was a busy 3 or 4 days since I wanted to use the petals while they were fresh and gorgeous!
Up first was this hibiscus vodka. You know how much I love infusions and believe me this one is a keeper!
It's ready in about 8 hours and just look at that gorgeous color!
Vodka - use your favorite brand. We happened to have a bottle Three Olives Vodka on our shelves, so that's what I grabbed.
Hibiscus flowers - you want edible flowers that haven't been sprayed. You can sometimes find them at the grocery store, farmer's markets or order online from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, I can vouch for the quality!
Note - I wanted a pink vodka, so I used all of the red petals. I imagine if I had use yellow and orange I would have had a different color vodka.
Tear the petals off of the flowers. You want about a cup of petals.
Place the petals in a jar and pour over 2 cups of vodka.
Gently muddle the flower petals about 5 or 6 times. You just want them to start releasing some of their flavor and perfume.
Put a lid on the jar. Start taste testing at about 6 hours. You want a soft floral flavor, not too overpowering.
I liked the strength I had at about 8 hours.
Strain the petals out of the vodka. I wish I had taken a photo of the jar so you could see how the petals had given up all their color. I think you can kind of see it in the photo. They were almost an orangey-brown color.
Pour into a bottle with a lid. It will keep almost indefinitely, but the flavor might fade as it ages. I try to use my infusions up within a year (not a problem for me!)
This was as good as it looks!! A soft floral flavor, just slightly sweet.
Next week I'll be back with a hibiscus martini that is stellar!
This pretty pink color is great any time, but wouldn't this make the prettiest cocktails for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, baby shower or any time you want a pretty pink cocktail!
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- 1/2 cup hibiscus flowers
- 2 cups vodka
- Remove the flower petals from the flowers and place in a jar big enough to hold the flowers plus 2 cups of liquid.
- Add the vodka.
- Muddle gently by pressing on the petals about 5 or 6 times.
- Cover and let sit on the counter.
- Begin checking the flavor at 6 hours. Mine was a desired strength at 8 hours.
- Strain to remove the flower petals and store in a lidded bottle.