So we’ve got some more pink stuff… Valentines justifies our passion for naturally coloured food. We’ve already created a vibrant pink Beet & Dill Linguine we are totally in love with and now we’ve coloured our beverage with the deep colour of hibiscus.
We realise you’re kitchen schedule will be busy on valentines, but you can make this far in advance and serve it up on the day (or a romantic drink to yourself while cooking up a lush vegan dinner for your lover.)
The floral cordial is delicious of course, but also good for you! Unlike usual cordials, this one is low in sugar and only uses unrefined sugar too. Hibiscus has many health benefits, most famously being a great natural way to reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, which might make up for the mound of chocolate I expect you’ll be eating alongside…
This is a simple cordial that takes minimal effort. Hibiscus Flowers can be found very cheap in Asian stores or online, same goes for Rose Petals, which means it’s much more cost efficient than store brought sugary stuff.
The sweet floral flavours are so easily paired with other flavours. We simply serve with sparking water, yet it also is great way to spice up a cocktail.
Try out our Hibiscus & Rose Cordial and tell us what you think and what yo paired it with!
- ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
- ¼ cup dried rose petals
- 3 cups water
- ⅓ cup agave syrup
- juice of one lime
- Add the dried flowers, water and agave into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and bring to a low simmer for 30 minutes.
- In the meanwhile, sterilise a glass bottle with boiling water and drying with kitchen roll.
- After 30 minutes of simmering, take off the heat and stir in the lime juice and leave the cordial to cool for at least 15 minutes.
- Use a cheesecloth or kitchen cloth and a funnel to strain into the sterilised bottle.
- Taste and add more agave if desired.
- Serve cold with sparking water or whatever desire
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