Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz! Sweet summer cherries, hibiscus, lemon, and a splash of vodka come together to make this refreshing pitcher cocktail. It’s delicious, pretty, and perfect for warm summer days or nights. Try serving this up at your next summer party!
Welcome to the first cocktail Saturday of the summer! And yes, I know summer does not technically start until June twenty-first, but I am in full on summer mode and going with it. Plus, with our approaching vacation to the Caribbean next week, my mind has turned to all things fun and tropical.
Enter this fun summery cocktail that I am head over heels in love with. You guys, this might be my favorite drink that I have created yet. It. Is. SO. GOOD!
And super easy to make, not loaded with sugar, and full of summer cherries. Again, in love with this drink and very, very excited to remake this spritz next week and sip it ocean side.
Here are the details.
You’ll start by making the cherry and hibiscus tea. It’s pretty simple, just mash a ton of fresh cherries (mine are from Frog Hollow Farm in California and they are the sweetest bing cherries), add dried hibiscus flowers, and hot water. Steep for ten minutes or so and then strain out all the pulp and flowers. Stir in a touch of honey for sweetness (if needed), a little lemon, pineapple juice, and vodka.
Chill the mix in the fridge until cold or until you are ready to serve. Then, just pour over ice and top with sparkling water.
Simple as that.
A few notes.
– If you wanted to make this alcohol free, simply omit the vodka. No big deal. I made a version of this for Asher minus the vodka and she LOVED it.
– I prefer using dried hibiscus flowers (which I buy on Amazon), but if it’s easier for you, you can use two to three hibiscus tea bags in place of the dried flowers. If you make a lot of hibiscus drinks however, I highly recommend investing in dried hibiscus flowers. They are the best.
– I’m really into vodka sodas right now, so that is why I went with vodka for this cocktail. If you’re not a fan, tequila would also be amazing, or you could go the extra tropical route and use a gold rum.
Alright guys, that’s if from me today! Just a quick post to share a new favorite summer cocktail. See you all tomorrow for Nine Favorite Things!
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Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz
Calories Per Serving: 158 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 3/4 cup fresh cherries
- 1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup vodka
- sparkling water, for topping
- 1. Add the cherries to a medium size pot. Use a muddler or a fork to mash the cherries up until they are almost pulp like. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat, add the hibiscus flowers. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a pitcher, pressing out any juice from the cherries with a fork, discard the hibiscus flowers and cherries. 2. Add the honey, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and vodka. Chill until ready to serve. 3. To serve, pour over ice and top with sparkling water. Enjoy!
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*You don't need to pitt the cherries, they will be strained out and discarded.
Have you ever tried tequila with this? 🙂
I haven’t but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work for you! I hope you love the recipe! Cheers!! xx
Can I use another fruit such as strawberries or blackberries? My boyfriend hates cherries, lol
Lol totally, any fruit you like will work here:) I hope you both love the recipe, cheers! xTieghan
Can I use another juice besides pineapple? This sounds so good but I’m allergic to pineapple.
Totally, mango juice would be a great option as well! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
I’ll give it a try!
what flower did you use to garnish this drink? I am going to a GNO this Thursday. This is one of the things I plan to make. 🙂
I used some jasmine flowers! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
So beautiful! And it looks so tasty as well. Keep posting please!
Thanks Amy!! xTieghan
These glasses are so beautiful! Would you please share where you found them? Thank you!
Hi Karina! These are from anthropologie, but they no longer carry these glasses. 🙁 I am SO SORRY! They have similar ones though. Link below!
Delicious! I used teabags and it came out great! I also didn’t have enough lemon but a lime wedge in the glass is perfect. Thanks! (Also, potato masher works well for muddling)
Love that! Thank you for trying this Jess! xTieghan
How much does this make?
Hi there! This makes 4 drinks. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
Believe it or not I have all the ingredients to make this! I have organic hibiscus flowers from Amazon that I love also! Question: How far in advance have you made the ‘syrup’ portion of this – before adding the sparkling water? Cooking for a crowd and would love to get this part out of way what with my last minute cooking. Could I make the base a couple of days in advance or do you think the flavors would get too intense? Thanks for a great recipe!
Hey Janie! You can make the syrup up to 1 week ahead of time. This is great for parties! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
We made these the other night -so yummy and summery.
Thank you! I am so glad you liked this!
I saw this Saturday morning in my email and HAD to make it Saturday night. It was SO GOOD. You are a cocktail genius and restaurants should consider serving your drinks! YUM.
You’re so sweet! I am so glad you liked this cocktail, thank you Amanda!
Where can I find dried hibiscus flowers?
Hi Judith, I buy my flowers from amazon. Link below. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks!
Oh, Tieghan, this looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this!!
Do you think you could use store-bought 100% cherry juice in this instead? Looks delicious; can’t wait to make this soon!
I think cherry juice will be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thanks!
Did you pit the cherries first? Alternatively, could you use frozen, thawed cherries? Sounds amazing!
I do not pit the cherries, as the pits will be strained out after cooking. And yes, you can use frozen cherries. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thanks!