Built like a gin and tonic, this spritz combines the bright, floral flavors of Trevor Ring’s hibiscus and mint soda with the herbal notes of gin and zing of lime juice. It’s an easy-drinking, warm-weather sipper meant for end-of-summer celebrations.
We used Trevor’s fermented soda in this recipe, but local no-and-low-alcohol shop The Open Road Bar has plenty of alternatives. Try this cocktail with the Avec Hibiscus & Pomegranate mixer for a deeper, berry-forward flavor. Add a few fresh mint leaves, and you’re ready to sip!
HIBISCUS AND MINT SPRITZ
2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Hibiscus and mint soda, to top
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add in the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, giving a quick stir to mix. Top off with the soda, filling the glass to the top. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, raspberries, or lime wedge.
This cocktail responds well to improvisation! If it’s too sweet, cut out the simple syrup. Or, swap the plain syrup for a raspberry-infused variety. Emphasize the floral notes of hibiscus by adding in a touch of elderflower liqueur, or play to the garden feel by throwing in a few leaves of basil.
RECIPE BY MAGGIE WEAVER/ PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE BRYCE/ STYLING BY KEITH RECKER