Fresh Cherries and Hibiscus Holiday Sauce Recipe

Fresh Cherries and Hibiscus Holiday Sauce Recipe, a twist on a classic. Cherries and Hibiscus take the center stage this holiday . Sweet, Tart and Crisp as cranberries, cherries are available all year long and the hibiscus gives this sauce an unexpected but delicious touch #holidayfood #sidedishes #cherries #hibiscus
Hola Amigos: Today I'm mixing it a little bit and sharing with you a twist on side dish eaten by all throughout the holiday season, Cranberry Sauce. This year since I'm not hosting any of the holidays for family and friends, just my guys I get creative freedom when it comes to dishes and do things outside the can.
Fresh Cherries and Hibiscus Holiday Sauce Recipe, If you love cherries why not having them all year long, this vibrantly red sweet and tart sauce is as bursting with flavor and it's done in just a few minutes. #holidayfood #cherries #hibiscus #sidedishes
We only serve or eat cranberry sauce of juice when we have guests or we are sick, lol. This time of the year coincides with summer in my country so we instead of cranberry juice we have Hibiscus Cooler or "Saril" very popular drink around the holidays there. As refreshing and vibrant colored as Cranberry Juice Cocktail only a bit spicy since we add ginger to the infusion! Anyway, it is this Hibiscus Cooler concentrate infusion what I have used to prepare the base of this sauce.

It's not only good by itself, but goes great with ice cream, cake, pancakes anywhere where you use sauce you could use my plain Hibiscus Sauce.

To make it more festive and to resemble the whole cranberry sauce thing, I made a little cherry reduction with some sweet Moscato and mixed it all up!

The result made me skip dinner because I just got a bowl of my favorite ice cream and pour this still warm over it and at it all! Oh my guys! this stuff is addictive!
Fresh Cherries and Hibiscus Holiday Sauce Recipe, Sweet Tart Delicious just no cranberries but cherries and exotic hibiscus! Give this sauce a try this holiday and it will become one of your favorite side dishes! #holidayfood #sidedish #cherries #hibiscus

You can taste the sweetness and tartness of the hibiscus with notes of ginger and a bit of the Moscato on every cherry bite! yumm
Fresh Cherries and hibiscus Holiday Sauce, an alternative to the good ol' Cranberries is this delicious sweet and tart sauce. Vibrantly red and crisp in taste, give this new dish a try this holiday season! #holidayfood #cherrysauce #hibiscus #sidedish

I made enough of the hibiscus sauce to use for future recipes and this particular combination makes about 1 1/2 cup of goodness to have with your turkey or ham.
Thank you so much for visiting the blog today! I hope you enjoy this recipe a little bit our of the ordinary but delicious and easy to make. Remember my friends, everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love!

Cherry and Hibiscus Holiday Sauce
For the Hibiscus Infusion and Sauce
1 Cup Hibiscus Flowers
6 Cups Water
1 Inch piece Ginger, peeled
1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
8 TBSP Sugar
1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
2 TBSP Cornstarch
In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups water to a rapid boil. Add hibiscus flowers, remove from heat and cover with a lid for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Using a large colander, separate the infusion from the flowers, but do not discard the flowers. They will be use to prepare something delicious soon.
Add 2 cups of the infusion, ginger, corn syrup and sugar to saucepan on medium high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Combine orange juice and cornstarch and add it to the infusion mix, continue cooking until the mix begins to boil, reduce heat at cook for abut 5 more minutes until the sauce coats a spoon. It will thicken a bit more as it cools.Remove and discard  ginger piece and  remove the sauce  from heat.
For the Cherries
1 Cup Fresh Cherries (could be frozen too), pitted
4 TBSP Moscato wine
1/2 tsp Orange Zest
In a small hot saucepan, add wine, cook for about 1 minute until the alcohol evaporates. Add cherries and orange zest. Cook until  the wine reduces to almost nothing, about 8 minutes. 
Add Hibiscus sauce to the fresh cherries, mix until everything is well blended. Serve and Enjoy!

Prep Time   20 minutes                           Cook Time 13 minutes                            Serves 2 Cups

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  1. I was a little confused when I started reading this until I realized it is not cranberry season for you and then I started thinking crepes and ice cream.

  2. I absolutely love cherries, so when you mentioned pouring this sauce over ice cream, I knew I would need to make this, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  3. Is it weird I just want to dive into this bowl?! Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Well of course it looks wonderful! - YOU made it! AND photographed it! Yours are the best photos out there, you know! And probably the recipes are too - the ones I have made were super. Just wish I had time to do more of them!

  5. It does sound addictive!! Too bad you're not hosting this year, I bet you make a FABULOUS holiday meal!! Happy Thanksgiving, Lizy!

  6. oh so yummy looks beautiful as well

  7. This looks so beautiful and tasty! I would love to try it over ice cream. Followed and pinned, and wanted to stop by to let you know I will be featuring this recipe later tonight on What'd You Do This Weekend. Thanks for sharing and have a great night!

    --Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

  8. Sweet! I <3 cherries but can't find any fresh now:( Pinned your recipe.

  9. That sauce is gorgeous - love the color! Pinned - Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays :)

  10. Thank you so much for linking up to The Weekend re-Treat Link Party this week on The Best Blog Recipes! Wanted to stop by and “Pin” your post to our Link Party Boards (Recipes or Crafts) while I was here !

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes