When Hibiscus and Lavender Meet

As soon as I opened my giant boxed marked fragile from Heritage Distilling, I knew I was in for a treat.  Heritage Distilling, located in Gig Harbor, Wa may be best known for their amazing naturally flavored Vodkas – which they so kindly gifted me.  Before me lay 6 of the most uniquely flavored bottles of Vodka I have ever seen.  Hibiscus, Ginger, Huckleberry, Lavender, Bacon and Ruby Red Grapefruit were the options I had to work with, and boy were my creative juices were flowing.  I immediately found myself attracted to the purple tint to the Lavender, and the Hibiscus, because of the possibilities of creating a refreshing end of the summer cocktail with it.

Knowing I was having friends over for the evening, I started brainstorming what fun drinks I could serve.  After a quick stop at the natural food market, I had my ingredients and was ready to roll.  First up was the Hibiscus.  Have you ever had a Passion Tea from Starbucks?  If so, then you know how great they are and why they became the idea behind my fresh Hibiscus Tea cocktail.  I grabbed a pitcher, put 3 of the Hibiscus Sangria tea pouches in it, and let it steep for 3 hours in the fridge.  After it was nice and chilled, I mixed in half of the bottle of my Hibiscus Vodka and let it sit for an additional hour before serving it up over ice.  Refreshing, cool and sweet – the perfect summer drink, post summer time.

The Lavender Vodka had me a little stumped as to what to create, until I saw a bottle of my favorite Minute Maid lemonade { and its only 15 cals per serving! }  I poured half the bottle of Lavender Vodka, 3 cups of Minute Maid, 1 cup of Lemon Seltzer water and a handful of Mint Leaves.  After letting it cool for about an hour, it was ready to pour and enjoy!  The Lavender paired perfectly with the light lemon taste, and the mint gave the drink the little kick it needed.

After a night of sipping on homemade mixed drinks, a classic Sunday brunch was exactly what was needed. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area, stop by Cafe La Maude in Northern Liberties.  The coffee is strong and the portion sizes are enough to feed a small village – plus its B.Y.O !

Let me know if you have any suggestions for my next drink – I’m thinking Huckleberry is next on the line-up.Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset
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