Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thirsty Thursdays: Blushing Margarita Edition

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.

Cheers!

19 comments:

Sook said...

love the presentation!

Christina said...

fancy!
I saw a Good Eats recently that had Alton Brown explaining the main 3 drinks and how almost all originated w/ the use of tea. It was pretty interesting!

Kathleen said...

This sounds like it would totally hit the spot!!!

Tangled Noodle said...

Have I told you how much I appreciate your keeping us well-refreshed? If you ever decide to bottle and market that chipotle-orange syrup, I'll be your biggest account. 8-)

The Duo Dishes said...

Ooh, share more tea cocktails. That is a nice touch!

nom. nom. nom. said...

I love this you are genious!! Perhaps it will feature in my thirsty friday...

Maven said...

You just come up with the best recipes!!!

Debinhawaii said...

What a beautiful and delicious-looking drink. I love drinks alcoholic or not, made with hibiscus tea--it add such nice flavor!

Ca88andra said...

I do like margaritas!

Sass said...

That sounds wonderful!

As a side note, I have a friend who recently has switched to hibiscus tea...I haven't tried it yet.

I'll have to do that. :)

Astra Libris said...

I LOVE the addition of hibiscus tea!!!

Diva, just wanted to say, too, you are the SWEETEST!!! :-)

pixelgal said...

I agree that the Diva is sweeter than any of her cocktails!

5 Star Foodie said...

The addition of hibiscus tea is excellent, what a great cocktail!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Wow, so glad everyone is loving the hibiscus tea thang. And, now that I think of it, if you really dig hibiscus tea, you could certainly up the quantity a bit. I'll probably edit the post to include that.

Thanks for all the lovely comments, you've brought a smile to my face today!

Look for more tea-themed drinks in the future and have a beautiful weekend!

xoxoxoxo

The Diva on a Diet said...

p.s. - Sass, while I like the hibiscus tea ... no way I'm giving up the strongly caffeinated stuff! I know you know what I mean. ;)

Jennifer(savor) said...

Girl, you make me so darn thirsty. In fact, you make me feel like I need to put on some makeup and go meet my friends for a drink. By the way, tanglednoodle and I are announcing Eating your Words 10' this weekend. :)

Laura said...

I think I proved at BlogHer Food how much I love margaritas!! So much I won't so I can drink more! :) HA

These look fantastic as usual. Are you going to wow me again on Meatless Monday!

Christiana said...

I just came across your blog and its wonderful! I am now a follower!
Nothing is better than a cocktail, really, I am going to make this the next chance i get!
I have my own blog too and would love to know what you think!
http://petittreat.blogspot.com/

Laurie said...

I love Thirsty Thursdays! Lovely cocktail, my dear Diva.