Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

This deep red infused gin is undoubtedly my favourite holiday tipple.  It makes a beautiful gift and really shines in festive cocktails.

I am not much of a cocktail drinker.  However, I have to confess that I love a gorgeous cocktail during the holidays — especially when that cocktail is a deep, rich, festive red.

In West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, deep red hibiscus drinks are a year round affair.  These drinks, which are sweetened and served cold, involve a wide variety of tropical fruits and seasonings.  They are usually non-alcoholic.  So, they are beloved by children of all ages

When I was in Abidjan recently, I enjoyed just such a drink.  A friend offered me a delicious, cold, refreshing glass of bissap — which is a popular West African juice made from hibiscus and pineapple.  This gin was inspired by the tastiness of that lovely glass of bissap.

However, being alcoholic, it’s quite a bit naughtier.  Don’t worry, though, when you brew this gin for your friends and family, you’ll go straight to Santa’s “nice” list — regardless of what you’ve done this year.

I recommend you make a lot more of this delicious infused gin than you think you’ll need.  You will be surprised how much you’ll enjoy the bright cocktails you make with it.  Plus, in a pretty bottle, with a bit of ribbon, nothing says “I love you” quite like a gift from your own kitchen.

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The Recipe

Making infused gins is a deceptively simple process.  However, when working with hibiscus tea (feuille de bissap in French), you must be exceedingly careful.  Without proper precautions, you’ll wind up dying yourself — and your entire kitchen — ruby red.

If you’re particularly worried about stains, you could strain the finished gin into bottles outdoors.  Otherwise, I’ve had very good luck — in my pure white kitchen — with just a bit of caution.

I bottle my gin in two steps.  First, I ladle the steeped brew through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.  Then I ladle the strained gin very carefully into a funnel placed into the jar or bottle I am using to store or gift it.

I hope you and yours enjoy this gin as much as we do.  Happy holidays and bon appétit!


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