I love champagne. If I have to plan my last meal here on this earth, believe me when I say it will include champagne. In fact, if it is indeed my last meal, I may just say “screw it” and ONLY drink champagne!
Recently I received a sample jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup, and decided to make the champagne cocktail they had printed on the jar.
I admit I was a little skeptical of how it would taste, but for you my dear readers, I decided I must press on! I do like aqua de jamaica, the deep, ruby red drink served in Mexican restaurants. Jamaica (ha-my-ca) is made by boiling dried hibiscus flowers and sugar, then letting them steep for a few hours. The hibiscus flower is very tart, so a lot of sugar is needed, otherwise it can be a bit too tangy. Since this is a favorite beverage of mine, I figured how bad could the flower be?
I called my sister to come over and be a guinea pig taste tester with me. I couldn’t open a bottle of champagne and drink it all myself, now could I? Once I took a hibiscus flower out of the jar I saw how gorgeous they are. The color is stunning! I placed a flower into the bottom of a champagne flute and just stood back and took in the beauty. The flower is almost alien in it’s appearance, reminding me of Audrey II, the carnivorous plant from “Little Shop of Horrors.” But it is also graceful and sensual with delicate curves.
I added a bit of syrup to the bottom of the glass, then topped it all with some bubbly. Oh yes, now this was my type of cocktail. No shaking, no stirring, no muddling, just pour. And it was pretty too!
The taste was sublime, the champagne sweetened just slightly by the syrup. What really got me was when I ate the flower. Floral notes, a hint of tartness and berry, with a texture both firm and yielding at the same time.
I’ve already got a dessert idea floating around in my head using the Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup. Stay tuned.
Now for the Giveaway!
If you would like to have a chance to win a jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup, please leave a comment telling me what you would like to make with the flowers. The winners will be chosen at random.