Hibiscus Royale

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I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who came out to the French Riviera Soirée at the Westgate Hotel’s rooftop pool this past weekend! It was such a pleasure to meet some Distillerista readers and spend time poolside with friends. In addition to the Aztec Cure I shared last week, this Hibiscus Royale was one of several gorgeous cocktails being shaken up by resident mixologist Irving Gonzalez at the event. The hibiscus tea + cilantro combo is so refreshing and light, I just had to recreate it for you here. Quick tip: I’ve found that I like this drink best with a weak hibiscus tea – so much so that it’s more like a hibiscus-infused spa water. Try steeping the hibiscus tea (loose or bag) for just half the time it calls for. Either way, take it from me: you’ll definitely want to whip up a few of these before pool season ends.

Hibiscus Royale. Makes 1 cocktail.


  • 2 oz your favorite vodka (my 5 faves here)
  • 2.5 oz weak hibiscus tea, cooled
  • .5 oz agave syrup
  • cilantro sprig to garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, hibiscus tea, agave syrup and a handful of ice
  2. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds
  3. Strain into a glass over fresh ice
  4. In the palm of your hand, smack/slap the cilantro to release the oils and aroma. Place in glass and enjoy!

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