It’s the peak of summer, and instead of my usual delicate gin refreshers, I have been craving a bolder, tropical, dark rum cooler. On these hot & humid afternoons, my mind wanders towards something with pineapple and coconut. Add to that the spicy, syrupy taste of dark rum, and maybe a tart, chilled floral tea, and you’ve got the ingredients for something magical. Break out your cocktail shakers and learn how to make one of the best summer rum drink recipes around, what I’ve coined the Red Parrot! A Refreshing Pineapple & Hibiscus Daiquiri!
What is a Daiquiri?
Daiquiris are a classic cocktail that falls into the ‘cocktail sour’ category, and are truly delicious! Generally made on a base recipe of rum, lime juice, and sweetener. Because of it’s easy to make recipe, daiquiris can stray away from their origin, so if what you’re imagining is one of those super-sweet frozen cocktails served in beach bars, allow me to reset your viewpoint. My dream daiquiri is served on the rocks, with the added tartness of chilled hibiscus tea to bring balance to the drink, and the afternoon!
What do I need?
- Dark Rum
- Hibiscus Tea Bags
- Unsweetened Boxed Coconut Milk
- Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
- Fresh Limes
- Simple Syrup
What is Hibiscus Tea?
Many people think about the cult-classic “pink drink” at Starbucks when they hear the name ‘hibiscus’, but this herbal concoction is truly a star all on its own. It’s made from the dried sepals (outer portion of the flower, holding the petals) of the hibiscus flower, and grown throughout the world. Popular in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, this flower tea is rich in vitamin C and healthy antioxidants. It’s also delicious! With a delicate sweet & tart favor, this bold red tea adds a gorgeous floral note to our cocktail, with hints of raspberry and tart cranberries.
Where can I buy Hibiscus Tea?
You can often find hibiscus tea blends in any grocery store. Two popular varieties are rose & hibiscus or raspberry & hibiscus tea. But for this cocktail, we want a pure hibiscus flavor.
I ordered organic hibiscus tea bags online from Amazon, and they were delicious! The tea bags are also more convenient to use than the loose tea, when it comes time to brew. Grab a bag or two and pop into some steaming water. Brew for a couple of minutes and then chill. This Pineapple & Hibiscus Daiquiri is a great summer recipe!
This is a Summer Daiquiri Recipe – What about the Rum?
Dark rum is a favorite of mine and this cocktail uses it at it’s best! Smooth and slightly spicy, it’s less assertive than its other rum cousins. When you pair aged dark rum with pineapple & lime, you get a classic tropical cocktail in the sour family! The addition of both coconut milk and hibiscus tea makes this elegant daiquiri that much better! Serve over ice in a tall glass, and instead of little paper umbrellas, drop in a classy lime & flower garnish!
Pineapple & Hibiscus Coconut Daiquiri
makes 1 drink
2 ounces dark rum
2 ounces organic hibiscus tea, brewed & chilled
1 ounce boxed unsweetened coconut milk
1 ounce unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
flowers for garnish (optional)
In one half of a cocktail shaker, add the dark rum, chilled tea, juices, and simple syrup.
Next, add a large handful of ice and close the shaker.
Shake for 30 seconds or until well chilled. The shaker will become frosted when it’s at the right temperature.
Fill a tall glass (Collins glass) with fresh ice.
Strain your drink into the cocktail glass and add a round of lime or fresh flowers to garnish.
How to make a Refreshing Pineapple & Hibiscus Daiquiri!
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 2 ounces organic hibiscus tea brewed & chilled
- 1 ounce boxed unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 ounce unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- flowers for garnish optional
- In one half of a cocktail shaker, add the dark rum, chilled tea, juices, and simple syrup.
- Next, add a large handful of ice and close the shaker.
- Shake for 30 seconds or until well chilled. The shaker will become frosted when it’s at the right temperature.
- Fill a tall glass (Collins glass) with fresh ice.
- Strain your drink into the cocktail glass and add a round of lime or fresh flowers to garnish.