Wild Hibiscus Flower Cocktails for Friday!

If you follow Bunkycooks, you know that I have been nursing a bruised, broken very sprained ankle since the first of June. I had an MRI on my ankle last week and it doesn’t look good. I have injured my Subtalar joint and may need surgery. I didn’t know I even had a joint by that name! I am depressed. I need comfort. I need a drink!

Hibiscus Flowers in the glassess

We have company coming for the weekend tomorrow, so I guess I should do some major cooking while I can (if I can stand in the kitchen that long). I have a bad feeling that I will be booted for a long time in the very near future (and I don’t mean my car). I have canceled my big adventure to Blog Her Food 2010. Bummer, dude. However, I have found miserable people like me and have joined the Blog Her Food 2010 Pity Party (#BHF10PP for you Twitter folks!). I love you, man!! But, before I go, the drink…

So, in search of medicinal relief of my screwed up ankle in honor of Fridays, cocktails, food and fun…here is a really pretty cocktail to serve when you are trying to forget about all of your ailments impress your guests! I will be serving them this weekend. Wild Hibiscus Flowers Champagne Cocktail! I love throwing something spooky unusual in drinks! It makes for lots of interesting conversation. I think you should make everyone eat these flowers out of their cocktails!

This is a fun alcoholic beverage that you can make with Champagne, Proseco or Cava, depending on how sweet you like your drinks. Add a few teaspoons of the syrup from the Wild Hibiscus Flowers to the Proseco, or your chosen pain killer, and you will have a very pretty libation to lift you out of your depressed state when you are totally depressed to serve to guests!


Cocktail parties are always lots of fun with fancy drinks, so I hope you pop the top on a bottle of bubbly and plop one of these pretty little Hibiscus Flowers in the bottom of the glass! Have a few for me!

Have a great weekend!

Wild Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

Adapted from the Wild Hibiscus recipes


Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
Champagne, Proseco or Cava (anything that has bubbles!)


Place a Wild Hibiscus Flower in each glass (preferably a Champagne glass) for serving. Top with bubbly (I prefer a dry Proseco). Add a teaspoon or two of Wild Hibiscus Flower syrup to taste (or for color). * I added about two teaspoons of syrup per glass.

Serve immediately.

Bottoms up! Flower and all!

28 Responses to “Wild Hibiscus Flower Cocktails for Friday!”

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    SMITH BITES — October 1, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    While I am quite bummed that you won’t be coming to BlogHer Food, I’m happy that you’ll at least be in great company with the PP folks! Beautiful cocktail!

    • bunkycooks replied: — October 1st, 2010 @ 10:43 am

      Thank you Debra,

      I am really bummed about not making it, but it’s too much with the ankle situation. I will laugh (and cry) at home instead with my PP friends!


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    elizabeth — October 1, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    It is beautiful and absolutely perfect for entertaining. I love making hibiscus water with the dried flowers and adding it to things like margaritas.

    And holla for the Pity Party!

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    Monet — October 1, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    What a lovely cocktail. I would be so thrilled if I arrived at a party and was handed this drink! I’m so sorry about your ankle though. I will send healing thoughts your way. I’m such a bad patient/sick person, so I know how you must feel!

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    Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! — October 1, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Wish I could join you on the deck for a few cocktails. Dr. John says to start with a few of those elegant Wild Hibiscus cocktails, but then move on to his Passion Fruit Tequila shots for some serious pain relief! So sorry about your ankle and hope you don’t need surgery.

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    Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! — October 1, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Ok, I’m not awake yet! John’s tequila is made with Prickly Pears, not passion fruit.

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    Julia — October 1, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    I had these at a bridal shower a few years back and they are delicious. Such a unique treat!

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    Sophia — October 1, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    This drink really look awesome. I definitely want to try the recipe soon. I love new and interesting drink recipe. I found this recipe for Bohemia Sangrita recently. It’s pretty interesting too. I thought you might like it too. Keep up the awesome blogging!

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    SusanS — October 1, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Yum!! I want (make that NEED) one right about now. Take heart in the fact that most of the surgeries done on the Subtalar joint are arthroscopic these days for a minimum of surgical invasion and you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

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    Christine @ Fresh Local and Best — October 1, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    I hope you get better soon. There will be another Blog Her Food Conference next year, so hopefully that will comfort you. I’ve never seen hibiscus flower in syrup, it looks so fancy with the bubbly!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — October 1, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your ankle. That drink looks divine! Cheers to a quick recovery:)

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    Lora @cakeduchess — October 1, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your ankle. That drink looks divine! Cheers to a quick recovery:)

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    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris — October 2, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    So sorry to hear about your ankle and cancelled plans…!! Cheer up friend !!! I cyber-toast with you !!! Hic !!!

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    penny aka jeroxie — October 2, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Oh Yum! Bubbles and flowers. I like

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    Lauren — October 2, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    Love this! What a fun cocktail to serve to friends at an outdoor cocktail party, and so easy! Thanks! So sorry about your ankle :(

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    Magic of Spice — October 2, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    These are so classy…love them :) Sorry your ankle is not healing well, wishing you the best…

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    Kim — October 2, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    So sorry to hear about your ankle! :( But I’ll bet you’ll feel much better after a couple of those cocktails. We prefer a couple of these babies over some Aspirin, any day. Good luck with everything you’ve got going on this weekend!


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    marla {family fresh cooking} — October 2, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    Gwen, so sorry to hear about the status of your ankle. Surgery sucks, but hopefully it will get you feeling all better. In the mean time keep sipping these gorgeous cocktails! xo

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    Chef Dennis — October 2, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    what a lovely cocktail!! It would take my mind off things for awhile, thats for sure! Sorry to hear about your ankle….I hope you get some relief soon.

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    Drick — October 3, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    not good to hear of your slow recovery, now I know you don’t need scolding, but I gonna say it anyway – slow down and give that ankle time to heal – great drink, have a few more and rest it sister!!!

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    Conor @ HoldtheBeef — October 3, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    It’s so good to see this Australian product finding love around the world! Sounds like you could do with all the love you can get, too, you poor thing :( Hope you heal up without surgery xx

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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — October 3, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    In Mexico we also use hibiscus flowers to make a cooling drink. But I think I would prefer you cocktail, sounds so good!

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    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors — October 3, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    So yummmy Gwen…Hisincus flowers add that touch of exotic to everything. How wonderfully cooling on a HOT day!

    I am sorry I have been absent form your blog but next week onwards things should get better. Meanwhile I have been thinking of you :)

    I hope your ankle feels better!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — October 4, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    What a gorgeous cocktail! I broke my foot last year and it was a great excuse to partake of a few too many! Take it easy, or you may never know when its healed. 😉

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    The Mom Chef — October 5, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    I absolutely love the color that the flower turns the drink. Wow. When you get a chance, I mentioned you and your wonderful peach-brandied ice cream that I never go to make ::sob:: in my latest blog. Some day I will….just not this year. :(

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    Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — October 6, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    Sorry to hear about your ankel and I hope it heals quickly! That cocktail looks amazing and is a must make! On my list! :)

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    Becky — October 12, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I have empathy for you with your ankle. Hope that it’s better soon! Your cocktail is so creative and inviting, especially if you need a “painkiller”

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