Tiberius Fizz1

Tiberius Fizz

* 2 ounces Beefeater Summer Edition Gin
* 3/4 ounce hibiscus syrup
* 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
* 1 slice cucumber, 1/4 inch thick
* club soda

Muddle the cucumber slice, then add the gin, hibiscus syrup, and lemon juice and shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Fill with club soda and garnish with a few thin cucumber slices.

To make hibiscus syrup, first brew 1 cup hibiscus tea. Continue heating tea on the stove while stirring in 1 cup sugar until it’s dissolved. Cool to room temperature, bottle, and refrigerate. I like to store things like this in bottles from Specialty Bottle, but mason jars (or any other kind of jar) do just fine. This will give you a sweet, fragrant simple syrup with a gorgeous red color. I wanted to post a picture of it here but my camera couldn’t do it justice.

The other noteworthy ingredient here is the Beefeater Summer Gin, which is a “limited edition” gin released just this month. It starts with your basic Beefeater London Dry and adds elderflower, black currant, and hibiscus, giving it a more floral profile than the standard Beefeater.

When sipping the two straight, the most noticeable difference is the lower alcohol content in the summer Beefeater — 80 proof versus the 94 proof regular formula — and the smoothness that accompanies it. It’s got the same herbal notes, but toned down a bit and lighter on the finish, with hints of the floral ingredients.

This recipe comes to us from Jacob Grier, by way of Imbibe Magazine, both hailing from right here in Portland. I made a batch of these the other night for guests and they went over extremely well.

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Eva | deactivatedsludge.blogspot.com

I made this cocktail at my “vernissage” last night. Loved it! I always enjoy cocktails with a bite. But I think I hadn’t sweetened the hibiscus enough. Will try again with more sweet.
Thanks so much!