Refreshing summer cocktails tease and tickle the palate, particularly those served at Bibi’z Restaurant|Lounge when fragrant summer fruits and herbs combine to create earthy, floral and herbaceous notes. Bibi’z Blossom, a flowery, feminine and seductive libation, blends St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and whole Australian hibiscus flower preserved in raspberry and rhubarb-infused simple syrup, is the quintessential feminine summer cocktail.
The delicate Hibiscus blossom is edible, and floats seductively in a soft pink hued combination of organic fruit juice, vodka, liqueur and a splash of lemon-lime soda. The taste and fragrance of handpicked elderflowers married with Australian hibiscus provides earthy, herby undertones that add delicate balance to the sweetness of organic fruit juice and fruit-imbued citrus soda.
“Summer cocktails are in a class by themselves and give the mixologist an opportunity to bring color, taste, fragrance and vibe together in one elegant, refreshing libation,” said Ida Assaf, founder of Bibi’z Restaurant|Lounge. “The Bibi’z Blossom is so classy and feminine, melding delicious flavor combinations with pear-flavored vodka to whimsically celebrate the spirit and true flavors of summer.”
White Peach Sangria is another classic summer bar favorite, perfect for both men and women wanting refreshing fruitiness and the bracing qualities of an iced cocktail. This versatile sangria is delightful when sipped before dinner or paired with a variety of grilled proteins like fish, beef or chicken.
“White Peach Sangria marries delicate sparkling wine such prosecco, moscato or cava with organic ginger ale, freshly squeezed orange juice and bite-size chunks of organic summer fruits, whether stone fruit or berries, creating a drink that is cooling, delicious and bright with citrus and fruity notes,” explained Assaf. “White Peach Sangria is a versatile, elegant concoction and delights the palate with tiny bubbles, muddled fruit and a hint of peach schnapps for sweetness. It offers thirst-quenching deliciousness that compliments nibbles, salads as well as hearty grilled fare.”
The Skinny Karma – Rita is a delicious, low-calorie (70 calories) play on the classic margarita using Karma Natural Tequila, Agave Nectar and fresh lime juice. The delicate flavors are balanced by a salt kissed martini glass rim.
“Skinny Karma – Rita is light, refreshing with a subtle sweetness thanks to agave, a natural Mexican sweetener with low sugar input,” explained Assaf. “Weighing in at a mere 70 calories, the Skinny Karma – Rita is a guilt – free pleasure.”
A celebration of flower blossoms and seductive wild hibiscus
2 oz. Absolut pear vodka
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
½ oz. organic apple juice
Splash of cranberry juice
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Garnish with 1 wild hibiscus flower in syrup
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
White Peach Sangria
A refreshing, easy-to-drink and versatile cocktail for warmer weather
2 oz. sparkling prosecco, moscato or cava
1 oz. fresh orange juice
½ oz. crème de peche or peach schnapps
Strong spritz of organic ginger ale
Splash of Aperol or Campari
Garnish with your favorite chopped organic fruits
Add ingredients to tall glass of ice, stir.
Skinny Karma – Rita
A thirst – quenching and low cal cocktail
1.5 oz. Karma Natural Tequila
2 heavy dashes of Agave Nectar
Juice of ½ lime
Splash of sour mix
Splash of Triple Sec
Shake well over ice, pour into martini glass with salted rim and serve with a piece of fresh lime.
About Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge
Founded by Ida Assaf in 2011, Bibi’z offers global American fare with a Mediterranean twist. Located at 284 Center Avenue in Westwood, NJ, Bibi’z is open Tuesday-Thursday from 12:00-10:00PM, Friday and Saturday from 12:00PM – 11:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM. Bibi’z bar is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is offered six days a week from 3:00-6:00PM. Catering and private dining facilities are available. Bibi’z offers soul-satisfying food in healthy renditions, much of it locally sourced, along with top shelf organic and conventional spirits, wine, and beer.
Bibi’z also offers “Girls Night Out” every Thursday with happy hour drinks all night long in the dining room and lounge. For more information, please call (201) 722-8600 or visit www.bibizlounge.com.