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Recipe: How To Make Hibiscus Gin Sour Cocktail

13th June 2024, Christoph Klinger

Recipe: How To Make Hibiscus Gin Sour Cocktail

Hibiscus is a fantastic ingredient for cocktails, imparting a vibrant colour and a slightly tart, floral flavour. Here’s a refreshing gin cocktail recipe featuring hibiscus:

Hibiscus Gin Sour Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin (London Dry gin works well, but you can experiment with other types)
  • 1 oz hibiscus syrup (see below for homemade recipe)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice (about half a lime)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (optional, adjust to taste depending on your preferred sweetness)
  • 1 egg white (optional, for a silky texture and frothy top)
  • Ice
  • Hibiscus flowers (for garnish, optional)
  • Lime wheel (for garnish, optional)

Hibiscus Syrup Recipe:



  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved.
  • Add hibiscus flowers (and cinnamon stick if using).
  • Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it steep for another 10 minutes.
  • Strain out the hibiscus flowers (and cinnamon stick) and let the syrup cool.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Cocktail Instructions:

1. Prepare the shaker:

  • Add gin, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  • If using egg white, add it now (this adds a frothy, creamy texture to the drink).

2. Dry shake:

If using egg white, dry shake the mixture (shake without ice) for about 15 seconds to emulsify the egg white.

3. Shake with ice:

Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.

4. Strain and serve:

Double strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass to ensure a smooth texture.

5. Garnish:

Garnish with a dried hibiscus flower or a lime wheel.

6. Enjoy!:

Sip and enjoy your beautifully floral Hibiscus Gin Sour.


  • Adjust the sweetness and tartness by playing with the amount of hibiscus syrup and lime juice.
  • If you prefer a less tart drink, reduce the lime juice and/or hibiscus syrup.
  • For a less intense hibiscus flavor, you can dilute the syrup with a bit of water before using it in the cocktail.

This cocktail balances the floral notes of hibiscus with the botanicals of gin, creating a beautifully balanced and visually stunning drink. Enjoy your mixology!

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