A little later than usual, but certainly in time for Happy Hour, allow me to present to you: The Blushing Margarita.
You've heard of cleaning out your refrigerator - but how about cleaning out your liquor cabinet? This pretty little concoction is the result of a need to empty the dregs of the tequila bottle ... and the wanderings of my tiara topped head. Meaning - I just dreamed it up right now.
And, for a drink of such inglorious provenance, I must say - its entirely delightful!
Careful readers will note the use of some chipotle-orange syrup, made in connection with Kara Newman's Fall Spice Cocktail last week. If you're playing along at home, you'll have some leftover syrup on hand ... if not, what are you waiting for?
The Blushing Margarita:
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. hibiscus tea, cooled*
- 1/2 oz. chipotle-orange syrup
- wedge of lime
- whole slice of lime for garnish
Fill a martini shaker with ice and over it pour the tequila, hibiscus tea and chipotle-orange syrup. Squeeze in the juice from a wedge of lime. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker frosts. Strain into an ice filled tumbler and garnish with a wheel of lime. Serve and enjoy, repeat as necessary!
*I happen to enjoy cocktails made with various kinds of tea. In this case, I've used hibiscus and it serves to soften the bite of the tequila. Simply brew a cup of hibiscus tea and let it cool before mixing. You could certainly choose to substitute some other kind of tea, perhaps an orange or citrus blend. Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.
The chipotle-orange syrup was used in place of Cointreau or Triple Sec ... sure, it makes for a slightly less potent potable, but you can't beat the subtle flavor. It pairs beautifully with tequila and the hibiscus tea lends a somewhat ethereal note. Frankly, its delicious!
If desired, you may rim the glass with salt. I hope you'll try it.