Back when I was a bartender, I made simple syrup all the time. But somehow I never ended up making it at home–probably because I don’t really ever drink cocktails at home. What I DO make are mimosas, which are sort of like a religion to me. Now in general, I’m a fan of the classic mimosa, just orange and champagne, which can be executed with limitless style and nuance. However, once in a while, I like to switch it up. I figured a nice floral mimosa might be nice for spring.
I have a ton of dried hibiscus, so I wanted to try making some hibiscus simple syrup. It turned out better than I could have imagined. Now, traditional simple syrup is made using a 1:1 ratio–one part sugar, one part water. I used 1 cup of sugar for 2 cups of water and trust me, it’s plenty sweet
Making the simple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 cup dried hibiscus
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
I added the ginger to give it a little bite. I didn’t feel like it was too overpowering. My fiancé, who absolutely hates ginger, didn’t even notice it. So feel free to leave it out, but I think it makes it better.
Add all ingredients to sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has begun to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Strain into a bottle and refrigerate.
And that’s it!
I made mine the day ahead so it was nice and cool and thickened by the time I used it. It turned out to be an almost black color, but dilutes into a gorgeous magenta. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for around two weeks.
I made mine the day ahead so it was nice and cool and thickened by the time I used it. It turned out to be an almost black color, but dilutes into a gorgeous magenta.
You could just as easily use regular orange juice, but I just happened to have these beautiful blood oranges on hand. You will want to make sure you wipe down your counter quickly because both blood orange and the simple syrup stain like crazy. You were warned!
I garnished mine with a little mint, which was perfect. It absolutely tastes as good as it looks.
I drank mine in the shower because, honestly, there’s nothing that says “treat yos self” like a shower mimosa. Cheers!