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RECIPE: JUSTICE


 A richly spiced body of cocoa, complemented by tart citrus and hibiscus.

prep time: 35 minutes serves: 8 difficulty: easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups (720 ml) water, divided
  • ¼ cup (6 g) hibiscus flower tea, dried whole
  • 1½ tsp (2.5 g) allspice berries, dried
  • 1 ½ grapefruit
    • 1 grapefruit, whole for garnish
    • ½ grapefruit, zested and juiced
      • 1½ tbsp (9 g) grapefruit zest
      • ¼ cup (60 ml) grapefruit juice
  • ½ tbsp (4 g) cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 cup (240 g) brown sugar or equivalent substitute
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) lime juice, fresh 
  • 2 tsp (0.4 g) pearlized edible gold dust
Champagne coupe glass filled with deep red liquid and a floating strip of grapefruit zest. Surrounded by cocoa seed pods and hibiscus flowers.

DIRECTIONS

Spiced Hibiscus Tea (yields 2 cups or 480 ml)

  1. In a small pot over high heat, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add hibiscus flowers, allspice berries, and grapefruit zest. 
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, pass through a fine mesh strainer, and discard solids.
  5. Let sit to cool.

Cocoa Syrup (yields 1 cup or 240 ml)

  1. In a small pot over medium heat, combine 1 cup of water with cocoa powder and brown sugar.
  2. Heat while stirring until cocoa and sugar have dissolved. 
  3. Remove from heat and let sit to cool.

Justice Potion (yields 4 cups or 960 ml)

  1. In a large bottle, combine the Spiced Hibiscus Tea, Cocoa Syrup, grapefruit juice, and lime juice.
  2. Seal and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Per Serving

  • 4 oz Justice Potion, chilled
  • Pinch of pearlized edible gold dust
  • Grapefruit zest
  1. In a mixing glass full of ice, pour the Justice Potion and add a pinch of gold dust.
  2. Stir for 10 seconds to slightly dilute, then strain into a champagne coupe or martini glass.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a wide strip of grapefruit zest.
  4. With the pith facing you, squeeze the zest over the drink, then rub it around the rim of the glass and drop inside the drink.
    While drinking, ask yourself: What do justice and truth mean to me, personally and politically?