Friday, March 10, 2017

Hibiscus Sloe Gin Fizz for Rock the Red Pump Day

It's that time of the year to Rock the Red pump to bring awareness to Women, Girls and HIV.  The Red Pump Project is committed to educating women about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and decreasing the stigma around this disease. The organization wants women of all ages to be empowered with information that could potentially save their lives

Every March, The Red Pump Project asks women across the country to participate in their Rock the Red Pump® (#RocktheRedPump) campaign in recognition of National Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The mission of the campaign is to start conversations and to motivate social media-savvy women to use their platforms to talk about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, specifically its effect on women and girls.

The Red Pump Project also conducts prevention outreach and educational workshops across the country. Red Pump participates in health fairs, panel discussions and community events focused on improving health outcomes in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Washington D.C. You can help out by making a donation.
Take a gander at these alarming statistics:

  • There are currently 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV and almost 280,000 are women.
  • 1 in 139 women will be diagnosed with HIV at some point within their lifetime.
  • Heterosexual sex is the source of 87% of new infections in women.
  • Approximately 1 in 8 people who are living with HIV are unaware of their status.
  • In 2015, there were more than 39,000 new HIV diagnoses in the United States.
  • Top ten states with the highest rates HIV diagnosis are California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia.
  • About one in five HIV infections are amongst 13-24-year-olds.
  • At the end of 2012, an estimated 57,200 youth ages 18 to 24 were living with HIV in the United States. Of this group, 25,300 were living with undiagnosed HIV
Blogger participants in Rock the Red Pump Day are asked to turn our blogs red for the day. I make something edible and red. So I'd like to introduce you to the Hibiscus Sloe Gin Fizz.

Drinking Slow Gin Fizz cocktails at dance clubs were a rite of passage growing up in Long Island, NY. It was my drink of choice when I turned what was then the legal drinking age of 18. It was time to reinvent the SGF.

I can't get enough of the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company's products. My flavor twist on this classic cocktail uses their high concentration hibiscus flower extract, made from fresh cold-pressed hibiscus flowers, dried hibiscus and cane sugar.

Admittedly, the cocktail does not look very fizzy in the pictures, mostly because I took so long to take the photographs. Regardless, I love how the hibiscus extract tones down the super sweet taste of the slow gin. The extract and lemon juice take the cough medicine edge off the taste of the liquor. I realize I used fake slow gin. Fancy mixologist purists will have to get over it.
Hibiscus Sloe Gin Fizz
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 shot Sloe Gin
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Hibiscus extract
  • 2 shots club soda
  • 1 lemon curl
  • Place ice cubes in a glass.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  • Shake and pour into the glass over the ice.
  • Garnish with the lemon curl and serve.

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