Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hibiscus Margarita [Rhonda]

This is an easy cocktail. And it's got a surprise hint of jalapeno.

We had this drink at Harvest Pizzeria in Columbus, and it was a super fun change from the run-of-the-mill margarita.

The only thing you may have trouble finding is hibiscus powder, but if you live in Columbus, Spices LTD at North Market carries it. So if Columbus has it....

I don't have a real recipe. We made a pitcher for a crowd, and I used a 12 oz. can of limeade with one and a half cans of water. Sprinkle in about a tablespoon of hibiscus powder for that pretty color. Stir. I splashed in maybe a tablespoon or two of Angostura bitters. Add most of the tequila you're planning on using, then...

Slice a jalapeno pepper into half a glass of tequila, cover it with Saran Wrap and let it sit for awhile. I let it go overnight since I was adding the infused tequila (strain out the jalapeno!) into an entire pitcher. Some found it too hot. (wimps) Judge by tasting. If it's too strong, add more limeade.

Salt the rim and serve with a wedge of lime.

Suggested soundtrack: Justin Timberlake's "Take Back the Night"

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