Although I know that I posted some pretty bubbly strawberry-passionfruit cocktails made with prosecco last Saturday, I just couldn't resist doing it again this week when I found these very cool and fun Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup at a local gourmet foods store. I have a great love of drinks with hibiscus flowers (the evidence is here, here, here and here) and I loved the idea of making these gorgeous and unique Hibiscus Flower Champagne Cocktails as described on the side of the jar.
From the jar: "Simply place a whole Wild Hibiscus Flower in the bottom of a champagne flute, pour in some syrup and fill up with bubbly! All the bubbles stream off and open up the flower. You can eat the flower; it has a delicious raspberry and rhubarb flavour."
Fun, pretty and delicious, these are the perfect "Simple Saturday Sippers!"
The Wild Hibiscus Flower Company is out of Australia and is selling to gourmet foods stores, specialty stores and some grocery stores in the US, (Whole Foods and Williams Sonoma are both listed on their website), as well as other countries. At the store where I purchased them, they were $8.99 for a jar of about 11 flowers in the syrup. There is a booklet on the top of the jar with recipes for daiquiris, bellinis, mojitos and other cocktails as well as a champagne jelly dessert. You can also find the recipes, company history, stockists and other information on the company's website, here.
Notes/Results: Delicious and really pretty cool. I made one for the pictures in the afternoon (and sampled it of course!), then made them for a friend and I to enjoy with some dessert (Nigella's Chocolate Pots), after we went out for dinner. I used prosecco, which worked great, of course champagne would be excellent, or even a sparkling white grape juice or sparkling apple cider if you don't want to imbibe or want to give the kids a treat. The drinks have a lovely, berry-like flavor and the hibiscus flower is really tasty. We thought they would be perfect for lots of different occasions; an elegant dinner, bridal shower, holiday party or really any time you want an easy, special drink that impresses. The jar of flowers would also be a great present with a bottle of bubbly. A fun find, I'll be buying more and trying more of the drinks.
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