Cold weather got you down? Try shaking off single-digit forecasts with a cocktail that'll make you feel like you're sunning on a tropical island. “After a visit and laughter with pals over a drink, the world feels complete,” says author Leela Cyd, who features this light and effervescent teatail in her upcoming cookbook, Food with Friends ($14; amazon.com). She recommends adding a lime wheel garnish for a look that says "casual yet sophisticated," and keeping a bottle of Jura whisky ($46; winewisegreenwich.com) and Aviation gin ($25; winewisegreenwich.com), along with a bowl of citrus and fresh herbs on hand so your guests can muddle their own concoctions. Since everything but the seltzer can be mixed in advance, preparation is a cinch. Read on for the full how-to.
1/3 cup dried hibiscus flowers ($4; mountainroseherbs.com)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime, thinly sliced for garnish
1/2 cup Cointreau
2 cups seltzer
1. In a pot, bring 3 ½ cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and add hibiscus flowers. Cover and steep for 4 minutes.
2. Strain liquid into a pitcher. Stir in sugar, lime juice, and Cointreau, and refrigerate until chilled, about 30–40 minutes.
3. Just before serving, stir in seltzer.
4. Serve over ice, and garnish with lime slices.
For more of Cyd's recipes, pick up the March issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands and digital download.