Artisan bitters, thought of as the salt and pepper to cocktail recipes, are popping up everywhere these days. Now if you don’t regularly make manhattans or martinis, I wouldn’t expect bitters to be part of your heavy home cocktail bar rotation, but if you enjoy making cocktails at home I highly recommend you pick up a bottle or two! Very much like salt and pepper, bitters have the ability to transform a cocktail. They’re integral to classics like Old Fashioneds and Champagne Cocktails, but they can elevate even the most basic of mixed drinks. A vodka soda with a dash or two of orange bitters is instantly a better, more complex drink.
Because they’re so versatile and transformative, I love experimenting with new flavors of bitters in my cocktails at home. Lime bitters give my Pineapple Vodka Limeades a nice complexity, Classic Aromatic take my Lemon Whiskey Cider cocktails to a whole new level and Black Walnut bitters send this After Midnight nightcap over the edge. But enough about bitters (I swear I’m getting to the point of this post). The reason for the shameless bitters plug is because one of my favorite bitters makers, Hella Company, has branched out from bitters into cocktail syrups and mixers! The guys at Hella (not from the Bay, curiously) were kind enough to send me a couple of their new products, one of which is this gorgeous Hibiscus Cocktail Mixer.
My favorite thing about these new Hella cocktail syrups is that they’re not sickly sweet like some others can be. They’re beautifully balanced by just a hint of – you guessed it – bitter notes! The tangy floral sweetness of the hibiscus (not to mention the drop dead gorg color) coupled with the subtle bitter profile plays delightfully well in a greyhound. Scroll down for the recipe below.
Hibiscus Hound. Makes 1 drink.
- 1 part your favorite vodka (my favorites here)
- 1 part Hella Hibiscus Cocktail Syrup
- 1 part fresh grapefruit juice
- limd wheel to garnish, if desired
*Recipe recommends 1 oz each, but I doubled to 2 oz to create a longer lasting cocktail. Just make sure stick with the 1:1:1 ratio.
- Fill a glass with ice. Pour in vodka, Hibiscus Syrup, and grapefruit juice.
- Stir gently until ice cold and garnish with a lime wedge.
- Garnish & enjoy!
Thank you to Hella Company for inspiring this post!