Ginger Hibiscus Martini

Practice makes perfect, kids.  And lemme tell you, the difference between my first attempt at creating a recipe for a Ginger Hibiscus Martini is absolutely the best example of this.  Because, and I am not employing any hyperbole whatsover, it was out and out nasty. Too bitter, too spicy and too strong – it just didn’t work.

Mama didn’t raise no quitter, and back to the drawing board I went.  This time around, rather than steeping hibiscus in hot water, I infused a simple syrup with the rosy petals and rounds of ginger, creating a gorgeous, ruby-colored sweetener for the martini.  Tessa said tasting it made her feel like a hummingbird – I took this as a compliment 😉

Ginger Hibiscus Martini © Spice or Die

This martini is exotic, lovely and can be made stronger or weaker depending on your mood.  If you’re back on the wagon, you can mix this syrup with orange juice and sprite for a refreshing cocktail minus the potent potables.  And you SNL fans, feel free to insert your favorite Alec Trebek insult in your best Sean Connery voice.  “I’ll take the rapists for 500, Alex.”

Ginger Hibiscus Martini

1 part ginger hibiscus simple syrup (see recipe below)
1 part cranberry juice
2 parts vodka

Fill a martini shaker with ice.  Combine 1/3 c. of syrup, 1/3 c. of cranberry, and 2/3 c. of vodka.  Squeeze in half a lime.  Shake and strain into martini glasses.  Garnish with lime rounds.

Ginger Hibiscus Simple Syrup
1 c. of water
1 c. of sugar
3 in. of fresh ginger, sliced in 1/4 in. rounds
1/4 c. of hibiscus flowers

Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off and strain into a tupperware.  Pop in the fridge to chill before using.

5 thoughts on “Ginger Hibiscus Martini”

  1. Trebeck: Let's see your answer Sean Connery….Craven Moorehead…Who is Craven Moorehead?

    Connery: Apparently You Trebek!

    But seriously folks, this is one tasty concoction!!!

    1. Ha! Well, I won't say a thing if you choose to have a breakfast martini. Or use the syrup with champagne to make a Ginger Hibiscus Sparkler and drink it for breakfast legitimately 😉

  2. WOW. I think I found my new summer drink. Sounds lovely and refreshing enough to take to the gym. Which will make the whole gym experience SO much more enjoyable.

    1. Haha! I need to rethink my Sigg bottle full of Britta water to the gym – martinis on the elliptical anyone? The hibiscus is excellently invigorating, unlike the more restful Sleepy Arnold Palmers I made the other day – fresh lemonade, valerian tea and jack daniels. It's like a summertime lullaby.

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