Prep: 2 mins
Yield: 1 serving

The Remedy for a Glass Half Empty.

Combining two homemade ingredients into one, happy concoction, Ever the Optimist uses both the Hibiscus Liqueur and Meyer Lemon Bitters. Now, if you’d planted your own lemon tree and distilled your own rum, you could truly one-up us all.


1 ½ oz. High quality white rum
1 oz. Hibiscus Liqueur
¾ oz. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice (About half a large lemon)
6 dashes of Meyer Lemon Bitters


  1. Combine rum, hibiscus liqueur, lemon juice and bitters in a shaker full of ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with hibiscus flower (optional).

Created By: Ted Kilgore

Make It Your Own’s in-house mixologist, Ted Kilgore, is a 17-year veteran of the bar and spirits world. Passing the B.A.R. with BAR Ready certification in 2007, he is now proprietor and Beverage Director at Planter’s House in St. Louis.