|Cook Time||10 minutes|
|Passive Time||30 minutes|
850 ml syrup
- 4 cups water filtered or purified
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup hibiscus dried flowers
- 1 teaspoon lemon freshly juiced
- 1/4 vanilla bean
- Put the water, brown sugar and dried hibiscus flowers into a large saucepan set on medium heat. Stir the mixture and let it come to the boil.
- Split and scrape the vanilla seeds from the bean. Add the seeds and the empty bean into the saucepan. Pour the freshly juiced lemon and stir well until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about 2' and remove from heat.
- Leave the ingredients to steep in the syrup for 30'. Strain the syrup and discard the hibiscus flowers and vanilla bean. Fill sterilized bottles or jars with the syrup and screw their lids on tightly. Leave the bottles or jars to cool for about 1 hour and then transfer them to the refrigerator. Hibiscus syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Hibiscus, a natural herbal aphrodisiac
Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation; one of Aphrodite's major symbols is the ruby red coloured hibiscus bloom.
Hibiscus is considered an aphrodisiac herb that boosts libido.
Celebrate Valentine's Day and surrender to temptation: try this hibiscus syrup!
Cooking and garnishing with edible flowers is back in fashion once again! People value flowers not only for their beauty but also for the varied levels of flavour and texture they bring to your dishes. Flowers enhance the taste of a dish and they are a visual delight!
The majestic hibiscus blooms are not only beautiful, but also edible — indeed, there are numerous edible species of hibiscus.
Ways to use hibiscus syrup
- Use hibiscus syrup to drizzle over your ice-cream; it is a gastronomic delight!
- One of the most exquisite and exotic natural sweeteners used in cocktails is hibiscus syrup. Hibiscus syrup makes the most decadent and prettiest champagne cocktails. You can also make fantastic hibiscus sangria with it. I adore giving an exotic twist to classic cocktails, such as Margarita, Mimosa, Daiquiri, Mojito by adding homemade hibiscus syrup.
- Iced tea and hibiscus syrup is a fantastic combination of flavours and colours!
- Drizzle hibiscus syrup over a fruit salad and give a floral twist to the traditional food cocktail! This is a winning dessert if you are entertaining guests because it is easy and impressive!
- Brush hibiscus syrup over cake layers and pastries. You can garnish your panna cotta with hibiscus syrup.
- Double the hibiscus syrup to drizzle on Greek yogurt; Greek yogurt with hibiscus syrup bursts with a naturally sweet flavour and a fruity aroma!
- Make the perfect pink granita!
- Naturally carbonated water with homemade hibiscus syrup is an exotic refreshment!
- Turn a simple sweet crêpe into an erotic fantasy-dessert by filling it with homemade hibiscus syrup.
- A bottle of homemade hibiscus syrup is a very elegant gift.
- Freeze the hibiscus syrup in ice cube trays and add to a glass of water.
- Make Sophia's hibiscus jello, it is a sexy and easy dessert perfect for Valentine's Day!
- Fill sterilized bottles or jars with hibiscus syrup and screw their lids on tightly.
- Hibiscus syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- My recipe makes approximately 850 ml homemade hibiscus syrup.