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The 5 Best Cocktails with Colorful, Fruity Hibiscus

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Hibiscus is not a flavor that’s familiar to everyone. It’s common in the Caribbean, Central America and West Africa, where it flavors everything from enchiladas to iced tea. The flower gives everything it touches a puckeringly tart, slightly fruity flavor. It also imparts an intense reddish purple hue that makes it hard to miss. The same characteristics that make it work so well in countless food recipes also make it a winning ingredient in cocktails. Whether you’re already a hibiscus head or just trying to become one, give it a try in one of these cocktails.  

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Hibiscus is an incredibly popular ingredient in Caribbean beverages, both alcoholic and not, generally called sorrel. Combined with good Jamaican rum in this super easy punch, it’ll make you think you’re in the islands on a hot summer day.

The Essentials

Rum
Sorrel Juice
ginger beer
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If you want to just dip your toe in the hibiscus pool, try this deliciously complex punch from San Francisco’s Tiffany Bayless. She uses hibiscus-infused vodka and combines it with ingredients like Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur and lychee liqueur to tone down the potent flavors of hibiscus.

The Essentials

Hibiscus Infused Absolut Elyx vodka
Espolon Blanco Tequila
Fever Tree Tonic
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If you have someone to impress, pull out all the stops and make this gorgeous, inky purple cocktail courtesy of New York cocktail den Slowly Shirley. Mix up a sweet and funky base of rum and batavia arrack with orange juice and calamansi (a hybrid of a kumquat and a mandarin orange popular in the Philippines), along with some activated charcoal to give it a distinctive color. A topper of sorrel liqueur completes the package and provides the hibiscus punch.

The Essentials

Rum
Batavia Arrack
Boiron Kalamansi purée
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When you’re in the mood for a pink drink, but pink gin just isn’t right, try this pink beer instead. The simple beertail is just a bottle of Miller High Life and Lo-Fi’s hibiscus, grapefruit and ginger amaro. It’s truly the (pink) Champagne of Beers.

The Essentials

beer
Amaro
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A blend of two different branches of American cocktail culture, this take on the New Orleans classic gets its tiki bonafides from a hibiscus-infused absinthe and a measure of Velvet Falernum. It’s a perfect blend of Bourbon Street and island vibes.

The Essentials

Spiced Rum
Absinthe
Bittercube Trinity Bitters

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