In olden times, flowers were given to people with specific meanings in mind. While the Black Eyed Susan symbolized encouragement, the striped Carnation meant refusal. While a white Rose represented purity, the Lavender hinted at distrust. When pairing a flower with a nice chilled, crisp sake I decided to go with the beautiful hibiscus. It's soft fragrance leads to a subtle tartness in flavor that opens up on your palette and brings with it, its own personal message of delicate beauty.
2 1/2 oz. Dry, Crisp Sake
1/2 oz. Hibiscus Syrup*
Garnish: Mandarin Orange Slice
Preparation: Build ingredients into an Izabel Lam floating glass
*Hibiscus Syrup: Take a cup of dried hibiscus flowers and combine it with three cups of water in a pan. Bring to a boil. Add two cups of sugar. Stir in to dissolve. Remove from heat and strain through a chinois to remove flowers and sediment.