For some reason I find balancing hibiscus in a cocktail really difficult. I've been planning on using Big Heart Tea's beautiful Blushing Pink Hibiscus tea, one of my kids favorites, in a cocktail for a while. My challenge was to find a way to bring out the hibiscus flavor without the tartness that sometimes over powers everything, I think I managed it.
Sometimes, I randomly remember that I have a bottle of something sitting at the back of my bar, and then I just really need to make something with it. In this case, it was a long forgotten bottle of Liquor 43. Since I was also looking for a way to encorporate some Hibiscus tea, an infusion seemed obvious. While the end result of this infusion is something that tastes a lot like red children’s Tylenol, don't be scared. When mixed with the gin and lemon, and slightly diluted, you get a very spirit forward slightly sweet, slightly tart cocktail that showcases the hibiscus tea flavors in all the right ways.
2 oz. Highclere London Dry Gin
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. Licor 43 infused with Big Heart Tea Blushing pink Hibiscus tea
Place ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a coupe over a large ice cube.
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