Hibiscus ’75 Pitcher
This pretty-in-pink cocktail is a riff on a classic French 75. Dried hibiscus flowers can be found online through Maine-based spice merchants like Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants and Skordo.
For hibiscus syrup
1 cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
For pitcher of cocktails
1 ½ cups ice
1 ⅔ cups gin
1 cup sparkling white wine
1 cup fresh lemon juice (the peels from 2 lemons reserved and cut into wide strips)
1 cup hibiscus syrup
To make the syrup, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and hibiscus in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and steep for at least 30 minutes. When the syrup is cool, strain and pour it into a container, then refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the pitcher of cocktails, add ice, gin, wine, lemon juice, and syrup. Stir to combine, pour into glasses garnished with a lemon twist, and serve.