Hibiscus Martini

The Hibiscus are blooming in my backyard right now & it makes me want to just sit on the patio & gaze at them for hours.  Their bright hues of pink make me so  happy.  And what’s better than sitting on the patio with friends & enjoying a fun cocktail?  This recipe is perfect for a spring or summer soiree.  I recently enjoyed this cool, sweet & refreshing beverage at a tweet up I hosted with Global Views in North Carolina.


2 ounces Chopin vodka
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce Fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 ounce Hibiscus syrup*


Pour vodka and other ingredients into a mixing glass.Add ice and shake vigorously for 7 to 8 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a hibiscus flower or edible orchid.

*Hibiscus Syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of hibiscus tea. Let steep for 10 minutes. Take the tea bag out and add 1 cup of superfine (not powdered) sugar. Stir until all the sugar dissolves. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

My uber-chic friend & furniture designer, Maybelline Te (@maybellinete) , at the tweet up at Global Views enjoying her Hibiscus martini.  Cheers!