This homemade hibiscus vodka is made by infusing vodka with dried hibiscus flowers (or flor de jamaica). The flowers steep quickly so the vodka is ready to use for colorful summer cocktails within a few hours.
Step away from the flavored liquor on store shelves! Can you chop fresh fruit and vegetables? What about opening packages of herbs and spices? Can you buy alcohol? (Sorry, kids.)
Then you can make your own pomegranate, jalapeño, chocolate, plum, or any other liquor! And mix flavors that the store-bought stuff hasn’t seen! Your concoctions are bound to be fresher, and probably cheaper.
Hibiscus vodka is a great place to start because the infused vodka will be ready within a few hours.
I almost feel silly posting a “recipe” for infused vodka because you can infuse practically anything in any amount in the liquor of your choice. And in mere days, sometimes hours! Saving the dark liquors* for the winter months, I chose vodka and hibiscus for this batch.
*Sorry, Ron Swanson
Dried hibiscus flowers
Hibiscus, or flor de Jamaica, is an edible tropical flower with a vibrant pink color (it’ll stain your clothes bright pink!) and sour flavor. It’s the main ingredient in agua de Jamaica, a Mexican iced tea made with dried hibiscus flowers, fresh lime, and sweetener. It’s also used in Mexican cooking—you can find recipes for hibiscus flower tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas!
Infusing vodka with hibiscus is a quick process, and the resulting liquor tastes amazing with lime.
You can find dried hibiscus in the spice or tea aisles in grocery stores (try a Mexican market to be sure), or online.
You’ll want to choose a medium-grade vodka for making infused vodka. The flavor of the hibiscus will cover up any subtle flavors of a high end vodka, but won’t cover up the rubbing alcohol taste of a bottom shelf vodka, so choose a price point in between.
Add the hibiscus flowers to the vodka and let sit for 3-4 hours.
Remove the flowers and discard.
- Make sure to remove the hibiscus flowers after 4 hours. If the flowers steep for longer, the vodka will become bitter.
- Absolut makes a similar flavor called Absolut Hibiskus & Pomegranate. If you’d like to replicate that liquor, feel free to add some crushed pomegranate seeds and juice to the recipe.
- You can replace some of the hibiscus flowers with dried rose buds. The rose will soften the tangy flavor of the hibiscus.
What to mix with hibiscus vodka? Use it just as you would any other kind of flavored vodka. Make a vodka soda or vodka cranberry, or try a Hibiscus Moscow Mule.
- 1 750ml bottle vodka, about 3 cups
- 3-4 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
- Add the hibiscus flowers to the vodka and let sit for 3-4 hours.
- Remove the flowers and discard.
- The vodka will become bright pink within minutes, but it will take longer for the flavor to infuse in the vodka.
- If the flowers steep for longer than a few hours, the vodka will become bitter.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 17 Serving Size: 1 1/2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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This recipe was originally posted in 2013 and has been updated with additional information.