The Bougainvillea Cocktail

A long time ago (a year ago), in a far away magical land (Palm Desert), a bunch of us stayed in a fabulous desert house to celebrate Sarah’s, of, birthday. The gorgeous xeriscaped yard was just beyond, and there was bougainvillea tumbling along all of the walls. Of course, it inspired a cocktail; perfect for 100-ish degree nights, hanging out with friends and, hopefully, a few desert chickens.


For one serving you’ll be requiring:

  • 2.5 oz. pink, sparkling wine (something not tooooo sweet)
  • 2.5 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice (preferably blood orange)
  • 2.5 oz. freshly-brewed, then cooled hibiscus tea
  • 1 oz. homemade grenadine:
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 cup unsweetened organic pomegranate juice
    • 1/2 lemon
  • .5 oz. elderflower liqueur
  • .5 maraschino liqueur
  • 5 dashes cardamom bitters
  • bougainvillea blossoms for garnish

First things first: you’re going to want to make your grenadine. I love this recipe from the Kitchn. If you don’t feel like making your own, go with a good quality one like this.

Next, you want to brew your hibiscus tea according to the instructions, and let thoroughly cool.

In a shaker, combine all ingredients, except champagne. Add ice, and shake until cool. In a double old-fashioned glass, or highball, add ice, and then strain cocktail mixture into glass. Top with sparkling wine, and a bougainvillea blossom.


I’m ready to go back to the desert. Who’s with me???