Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail

Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail

 

Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail
Yield: 1

Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Sophisticated and intriguing, the Hibiscus Sparkler cocktail is a full-flavored drink featuring hibiscus tea, bay leaf infused simple syrup, and sweet vermouth.

Ingredients

TEA

Simple Syrup

  • 5 Bay Leaves
  • 1 C White Sugar

Cocktail

Instructions

  1. Tea-Add dried flowers and bay leaves to 5 cups of boiling water. Cover and let steep overnight or at least 8 hours.
  2. Bay leaf infused simple syrup-Add 1 cup of sugar to water on simmer. Toss in bay leaves and cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Cocktail.-Add ice, sweet vermouth, simple syrup, hibiscus tea, bitters, and limoncello to shaker. Shake 2-3 times.
  4. Pour in glass and garnish with luxardo cherries, hydrated hibiscus flower, and bay leaves. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1033Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 234gFiber: 1gSugar: 227gProtein: 0g

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Juneteenth’s History of Food and Tradition

Juneteenth’s History of Food and Tradition

Historically, Juneteenth marks the day enslaved Africans in Texas were finally freed from slavery. It may sometimes be painful, but history serves only to educate us about the racism and inequality that Black people still face today.

Red foods and beverages are staples of the commemorative day in June. In many West African cultures, red represents strength, spirituality, and life and death. RED is also a symbol of perseverance. In the latter half of the 1800s, following the Civil War, Black Americans occasionally used a South American dye called “cochineal” to color foods red.

BARBEQUE

Barbeque always brings a crowd together. Whether its ribs, chicken, pork, or brisket it’s always a crowd pleaser.

RED VELVET CAKE

GREENS

TEA CAKES

Tea cakes are not your typical cookies. While they visually look like sugar cookies; one bite and you are immediately surprised. The unique spices are enchanting. Back during slavery, the taste of one of these cakes was like a small slice of heaven.

In my hometown of Jonesville, Louisiana, they go all out for the Juneteenth Festival of Events. This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember. You will be sure to find all types of foods and events going on including a Juneteenth Parade. While we continue to move ahead; it is imperative that we remember our past. Happy Juneteenth. Omniley.

 

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Classic Juneteenth Tablescape

Classic Juneteenth Tablescape

Greetings,  I hope this post finds you in good spirits. I’m sharing my Juneteenth tablescape this year and I incorporated my favorite color “blue”. 

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. (Nix, What is Juneteenth? 2015)

 

I opted to make my runner the focal point of this tablescape by using a kente runner. This runner represents the colors that symbolize Juneteenth. 

COLORS OF JUNETEENTH

RED. Represents the millions of women and men that lost their lives

BLACK. Represents melanin, the soil of the Nile valley, and the unification of the African diaspora. “Black compels us to remember that we Black men and women are all unified as members of one family,” says the Pan-African Alliance.

GREEN. Stands for fertility, productivity, prosperity, and the fertile cradle of Africa.

BLUE. This color is in the original flag and showcases that African Americans were always American even throughout enslavement.

HOW TO COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH

Charity. Donate to a black organization or a mutual aid fund. Learn more here.

Find a Museum. Visit your local black history museum. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. Host a Juneteenth party or join a celebration.

Buy Black. Support black business owners. Locally if possible.

Black History. Learn something about black history. Order a new book or audible.

Join Opal’s Walk. The event is available in-person and virtually.

Coming up next…Planning a Juneteenth Gathering. Omniley

 

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