Hibiscus champagne cocktail - photo philip blankenship

Happy New Year!

A Champagne cocktail is such a special way to serve Champagne and it certainly doesn’t have to be New Year’s Eve to do so. This beautiful and delightful cocktail will be appreciated any time of year for any kind of special occasion. Using two kinds of (ultimately homemade) syrups and a splash of lime, its interesting taste matches its unique appearance.

When time and season allows, making homemade syrups is the obvious choice, (elderflower cordial recipe here) but alternatively, both can be purchased pre made. Most Scandinavian stores (including IKEA) sell some version of elderflower syrup. British Belvoir makes a nice organic cordial found in select US stores or online here or here. Wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup can be found in numerous US stores or online here and here.

champagne cocktail with lime, elder & hibiscus flower
ingredients per drink

1 hibiscus flower with 1 teaspoon syrup
1 tablespoon elderflower cordial
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
lime peel


Put the hibiscus flower and syrup at the bottom of a champagne glass and add elderflower cordial and lime juice.
Fill the glass with champagne and decorate with lime peel.

Photography by Philip Blankenship.