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VA ABC Signature Cocktail: June Jubilee

June Jubliee

From the name to the ingredients, this cocktail was curated to symbolize Juneteenth, the national holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. This cocktail was named after Richmond, Virginia’s annual June Jubilee event to celebrate African American culture and progression. Grab some hibiscus flowers, an ingredient historically used by enslaved people to make reddish-purple tea called bissap and INDOGGO Strawberry Gin, a spirit owned by popular hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg. Enjoy this delectable cocktail all summer.



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Prepare your Old Fashioned glass by taking a pastry brush and painting a thick line of hibiscus syrup down the side of the glass, then sprinkle dried hibiscus and clove over the syrup line to adhere. Do this over the sink or a towel, it can get messy!

Then add the gin, allspice dram, coconut water, lime juice and hibiscus syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for around 20 seconds. Strain over ice in an old Fashioned glass, and garnish with fresh mint.

To make your homemade hibiscus syrup, add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 8 grams of dried hibiscus flowers (or 4 hibiscus tea bags) to a small saucepan. Heat on low just until sugar is dissolved, then strain the tea syrup into a food safe container. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month. For an easier replacement, substitute the syrup for dried hibiscus leaves and ground cloves for garnish. 

Want to see how this cocktail and our other VA ABC Signature Cocktails are made? Watch Beth Dixon of Salt and Acid make the VA ABC Signature Cocktail: June Jubilee here.