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HIBISCUS BLOOD ORANGE MEZCALRITAS


Happy Saturday, cocktail lovers! I’m back this weekend with my first recipe of 2020, inspired by our recent trip to Mexico and the height of citrus season here in Canada — Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas! Have you ever tried mezcal? I discovered mezcal during our first trip to Oaxaca back in 2012 and it’s my spirit of choice whenever we’re in Huatulco. This traditional Mexican liquor is closely related to tequila (both are distilled from agave — mezcal can be made from any of several dozen species, while tequila must be made from blue agave) and originated in Oaxaca, which is still the largest producer of mezcal globally. Each time we visit we discover new artisinal varieties — and bring as much as we possibly can home to help ease our Canadian winters with spirited memories!

If you’re looking for an inventive libation that celebrates citrus season and the vibrancy of Mexican culture, you’ll find it in my Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas! This jubilant craft cocktail is free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and loaded with better-for-you ingredients, antioxidants and a healthy dose of vitamin C. Inspired by Mexican Agua de Jamaica, hibiscus tea concentrate combines with freshly squeezed blood orange and lime juices, Joven Mezcal, Cointreau and a splash of agave syrup shaken over ice and strained into a pink hibiscus salt rimmed glass. Transport yourself to the healing, pristine waters of the Mexican south pacific with this modernized, seasonal spin on the traditional mezcalrita!


HIBISCUS BLOOD ORANGE MEZCALRITAS


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Ingredients


Serves 1

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HIBISCUS BLOOD ORANGE MEZCALRITA

• 1.5 oz Joven Mezcal
• 0.5 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
• 2 oz Hibiscus Tea Concentrate (recipe to follow)
• 2 oz fresh blood orange juice
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz agave nectar
• Himalayan pink salt
• Crushed hibiscus flowers

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HIBISCUS TEA CONCENTRATE

• 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
• 2 cups filtered water

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Optional Garnish

• Sliced blood oranges
• Hibiscus flowers

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Instructions


1. Juice citrus fruit.

2. Prepare Hibiscus Tea Concentrate by combining dried hibiscus flowers and filtered water in saucepan over high heat. Stir and let boil for 5 minutes, then remove the pot from heat. Allow the concentrate steep for an additional 10 minutes before straining and allowing to cool.

3. Add a splash of extra lime juice to a saucer to coat the rim of your glass. Add a thin layer of Himalayan pink salt and crushed hibiscus flowers to another saucer. Dip rim of your glass into the lime juice first, then into the pink salt and hibiscus mixture to create a salted rim.

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4. Build your Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas in a cocktail shaker by adding 8 ice cubes, along with citrus juices, Mezcal, Cointreau, Hibiscus Tea Concentrate and agave nectar. Shake vicariously, until cocktail shaker becomes cold.

5. Strain contents into a cocktail glass.

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6. Garnish with a blood orange slice and / or edible flowers.

7. Salud!

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HIBISCUS BLOOD ORANGE MEZCALRITA

My Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas are an inventive libation that celebrates citrus season and the vibrancy of Mexican culture. This jubilant craft cocktail is free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and loaded with better-for-you ingredients, antioxidants and a healthy dose of vitamin C. Inspired by Mexican Agua de Jamaica, hibiscus tea concentrate combines with freshly squeezed blood orange and lime juices, Joven Mezcal, Cointreau and a splash of agave syrup shaken over ice and strained into a pink hibiscus salt rimmed glass. Transport yourself to the healing, pristine waters of the Mexican south pacific with this modernized, seasonal spin on the traditional mezcalrita!
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Justine

Ingredients

HIBISCUS BLOOD ORANGE MEZCALRITA

  • 1.5 oz Joven Mezcal
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • 2 oz Hibiscus Tea Concentrate (recipe to follow)
  • 2 oz fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Crushed hibiscus flowers

HIBISCUS TEA CONCENTRATE

  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 cups filtered water

Optional Garnish

  • Sliced blood oranges
  • Hibiscus flowers

Instructions

  1. Juice citrus fruit.
  2. Prepare Hibiscus Tea Concentrate by combining dried hibiscus flowers and filtered water in saucepan over high heat. Stir and let boil for 5 minutes, then remove the pot from heat. Allow the concentrate steep for an additional 10 minutes before straining and allowing to cool.
  3. Add a splash of extra lime juice to a saucer to coat the rim of your glass. Add a thin layer of Himalayan pink salt and crushed hibiscus flowers to another saucer. Dip rim of your glass into the lime juice first, then into the pink salt and hibiscus mixture to create a salted rim.
  4. Build your Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas in a cocktail shaker by adding 8 ice cubes, along with citrus juices, Mezcal, Cointreau, Hibiscus Tea Concentrate and agave nectar. Shake vicariously, until cocktail shaker becomes cold.
  5. Strain contents into a cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with a blood orange slice and / or edible flowers.
  7. Salud!

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Do you incorporate food or ingredients you discover traveling into your recipe repertoire? Channeling inspiration from my travels into my daily life is one of my favourite things! If you’re able to find some quality mezcal, I recommend giving this recipe a go and substituting it your favourite tequila based cocktails. That said, if you’re not able to source mezcal you can absolutely still enjoy this recipe with your favourite tequila!

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As always, if you try my Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas leave me a comment below, or tag me on InstagramTwitter or Facebook! You can also use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations on social media so I can find them — I love it when you guys tag me so I can see what you make! I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to better-for-you cocktail options with clean ingredients. Salud, amigos!


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5 Comments

  • Reply Bernice Hill February 25, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    5 stars
    oooh! It’s been way too long since I’ve have a mezcalrita…or even a margarita! I love the colour of these and the brightly coloured garnishes too. If I can’t go on vacation, one of these will do, momentarily.

    • Reply Justine February 25, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Bernice! Mezcalritas are highly underrated, aren’t they?! Here’s hoping there’s a tropical vacation in store for you soon. Cheers!

  • Reply Yvonne Langen March 2, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    5 stars
    I just love this recipe Justine. I often use chilled hibiscus tea in my cocktails and adore the vibrant hue it lends to drinks. You’ve created sunshine in a glass with these Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalritas and they immediately transport me to warmer climes.

    • Reply Justine March 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      Aw, thanks for the lovely comment girl! I’m savouring every last second of blood orange season and already missing Mexico — these have been in my glass often lately. Cheers!

  • Reply RESORT 2020 LOOKBOOK - JustineCelina March 3, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    […] curious about what I wore on vacation or learning a bit about Huatulco and where we stayed, whip up a mezcalrita and come along to the pristine southern shores of Oaxaca, Mexico […]

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