A Cocktail for Inauguration Day: Inaugural Cheer

Inauguration Day is tomorrow! We’re very excited to watch this historic event, and of course we're also excited about the food and drink that accompany a day of historic import, new beginnings, and a whole night full of gala balls. Here's a special cocktail recipe that we received from mixologist Danielle Tatarin. This lovely layered cocktail includes wild hibiscus flower syrup, and it's served in a champagne flute.

The Inaugural Cheer, created by mixologist Danielle Tatarin of The Designer Cocktail Company.

Inaugural Cheer

1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 oz Wild Hibiscus Syrup
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur
2 oz Dry Sparkling Wine or Champagne

Mixing Instructions:

Separate the Flowers from the Wild Hibiscus Syrup. Place 1 Wild Hibiscus Flower standing upright at the bottom of the champagne flute.

Mix Lemon Juice and Hibiscus Syrup together. Pour the Hibiscus Syrup and Lemon juice mixture over the flower. Add crushed ice on top of the Wild Hibiscus Flower and Syrup. Slowly pour in Hpnotiq Liqueur over the ice. Slowly top with Dry Sparkling Wine or Champagne.

How it looks is Red on the bottom, layer of Blue in the middle and the crushed ice floats to the top with the champagne giving the illusion of white.

To make this cocktail in batches make sure to separate the flowers from the syrup. Each 1L Jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers contains approximately 25 oz. of syrup, which will make 50 cocktails. To pre-mix the Hibiscus Syrup/Lemon Juice add 12.5 oz Lemon Juice to every 25 oz. of Syrup.

For ideas on what to serve for an Inauguration Day meal, check out our ideas for Election Night:

Election Night Menu Ideas

Per serving, based on 2 servings. (% daily value)
Calories
116
Fat
0.1 g (0.1%)
Saturated
0 g (0.1%)
Carbs
14.2 g (4.7%)
Fiber
0 g (0%)
Sugars
13.5 g
Protein
0.1 g (0.1%)
Sodium
6.1 mg (0.3%)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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