Thank you to Sanpellegrino for sponsoring this post and providing the products used in this recipe! All statements and opinions are solely my own.
It’s been hot again this week! I love it. Just as I was getting sad about the end of the summer and the evenings were getting seriously cool and crisp, the heat and humidity is back for just a little longer. It’s not too stifling, but it’s enough to comfort me that fall isn’t quite here yet — and it’s perfect for a few end-of-summer hibiscus spritzers to use up the surplus of hibiscus concentrate from these doughnuts on Tuesday. I didn’t anticipate exactly how much concentrate I’d have left over from that recipe, but it’s actually kind of wonderful to have on hand — hibiscus tea is gently tart and refreshing, full of good-for-you things that help lower your blood pressure and aid in digestion, and using up the concentrate hasn’t felt like a chore at all.
So when Sanpellegrino asked if I might have a mocktail recipe in mind for their Sparkling Fruit Beverages, hibiscus sprang to mind as the perfect thing to use. The flavors they offer are all a range of bright, citrus-y ones, from their classic limonata to a pomegranate-orange blend. I chose blood orange to use here — I thought its mellower flavor would complement tangy hibiscus in just the right ways, and to round it off with a weightier, more fragrant sweetness, I used up the last of the rose petal preserves from these parfaits a few weeks back. With an extra dose of sparkling mineral water, the result is not too sweet, but light, fresh, and as playful in taste as it is vibrant in color. I hope you enjoy!
I called these spritzers just because I thought the name was fun and fitting for a refreshing, fizzy summer drink, but they don't contain any wine -- if you're looking for a traditional spritzer, feel free to replace some or all of the sparkling water with wine.
- 11.15 oz (330 ml can) Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa
- 3-4 oz hibiscus concentrate
- 1-2 tbsp rose petal preserves
- 16.9 oz (500 ml bottle) Sanpellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water (seltzer or soda water will work, too)
- ice for serving
- Combine the first three ingredients in a large pitcher and stir gently until combined. Add the sparkling water until the spritzer reaches your desired strength -- I preferred the full bottle for a less sweet spritzer. If the spritzers are too tart, add a bit of honey or simple syrup. Stir again until well-mixed, then pour over ice and enjoy cold!