Hello Friday! I feel like this week really flew by! I suppose for most people that would be a good thing, but I've got quite a bit left to get done before this day is done. I'm working on some more items to put up for sale in Orange, as well as working on some wholesale items for another local shop. I'm a busy girl, but I'm loving it, and hope it stays this way!
I keep hearing everyone going on about how summer is over, and fall is almost here, but I refuse to jump on that bandwagon! There is still plenty of warm weather left, and I am certainly not going to waste it! Fall will have its time, but I am going to keep on enjoying today, and worry about tomorrow when it comes. In the spirit of enjoying today, the hubby and I have made a backgammon and cocktail date this evening. We will be spending this lovely August night on our very own back porch, under the warm glow of string lights, battling it out over a game of backgammon, and sipping on some fresh Hibiscus Mexican Martinis. I thought it might be nice to share a few yummy ways to use the dried hibiscus that you may have bought for the Hibiscus Sun Tea we made last week. Besides, I really love the flavor, and can't find enough ways to use it! I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a great weekend! Salud!
Hibiscus Simple Syrup Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Roughly 1 cup dried hibiscus leaves
How to make it:
Combine water and sugar in a small sauce pan. Tie up dried hibiscus leaves in a section of cheese cloth and submerge in water and sugar mixture. If you don't have cheese cloth, you can skip this step, add the hibiscus straight into the pot, and strain it out later. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook until mixture reduces down to a syrup-like consistency. Use a fine sieve to strain into a clean glass container, allowing it to cool before placing the lid on. Always use very clean containers for storage, so that unwanted bacteria does not grow in your food or drink. I recommend keeping it air tight, refrigerated, and using within a month.
Super easy, and great to use in cocktails, to sweeten your tea or lemonade, and even to use baking recipes! More recipes to come!
Hibiscus Mexican Martini Ingredients:
2 oz tequila
1 oz orange liquer
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz hibiscus simple syrup
How to make it:
Fill a tall glass or shaker with ice. Add tequila, orange liquer, lime juice, and hibiscus simple syrup. Stir or shake (if you are using a shaker) until ingredients are well mixed and chilled. Strain into martini glass, garnish with lime wheel or wedge, and enjoy! So easy! If you like, you can rim the martini glass with sugar for a little something extra.