Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jamaica Margarita (Hibiscus)

Back home in any taqueria or street restaurant you find Agua de Jamaica , this refreshing cooler is a delicious drink made out of hibiscus flowers and its perfect with lots of ice for a warm day. I like giving it a little punch with some good tequila, here is an easy recipe for it enjoy!!!!


  • 2 shots of chilled Agua de Jamaica (recipe below)
  • 1 shot *Tequila (list of recommendations below)
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • lime wedge for garnish


  1. Pour the Agua de Jamaica, tequila and lime juice into a chilled cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus):

  • 2 cups (2 oz) jamaica flowers
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (more if desired)
  • 6 cups water
  1. Bring the water to a boil.

2-Add the flowers and sugar and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute.

3-Steep for 2 hours. *Note- this flower will stain so do not use a bowl that will stain

4-Strain the mixture through a sieve, pressing on the flower solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

5-Taste for strength and sweetness. If it is too potent, add water. If it is too tart, add sugar.
6-Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.

*here a list of Tequila recomendations:

The Tequila Shake- Don’t swirl, place your hand over the mouth of the glass and shake the liquid to release its aroma. Drink at room temperature to judge the products properly.


Montezuma Gold - $18. - Light golden color, Smokey, peppery, sharp & earthy.

1 - BLANCO/PLATA/SILVER/WHITE - Herradura Silver - $38. - Clear color, aged for 40 days; fresh, fruity flavor. Spearmint, sweet metallic finish. -

Tres Generaciones Plata - $46. - 100% blue Agave. Clean, tea bag, sweet wood polish, oily finish.

Hacienda del Cristero Blanco - $48. - 100% Agave, clean light color. Triple distilled, floral, pineapple nose, peppery, fiery. - Don Eduardo Silver - $38. - 100% Agave, triple distilled, briny nose that changed to a sweet nose. Cinnamon, peppery, round, full in the mouth.

2 - MEZCAL -

Monte Alban Mezcal - $25. - Caramel color, toast nose with a smoky finish. -

Talapa Mezcal Reposado - $23. - Caramel color using cane sugar; smoky sweet taste.


7 leguas gran reserva- eight months in white oak barrels,hay colored with intense yellow hues and greenish highlights: it bears the scent of aromatic wood and shows its character in its powerful flavor of intense agave and wooden notes.

El Jimador Reposado - $28. - Pale straw color. Three months in oak, mellow finish with not much character. -

Reserva 1800 Reposado - $30. - Nine months in French & American oak barrels. Honey brown color, chocolate nose, slightly sweet flavor. -

Cazadores Reposado - $33. - 100% blue Agave. Aged in Kentucky oak barrels. Light color, mint taste and rather uninteresting. -

Corazon Reposado - $48. - Pale bronze color. Citrus, not sweet, soft, smooth, easy to drink with an herbal finish. - Patron Reposado - $50. - Six months in oak barrels. Lemony, dry and very Rum-like.

Gran Centenario Reposado - $50. - Light, slightly green golden color. Six months in French oak. Musty, earthy nose. Starts out sweet, but finishes dry, with tropical fruit flavors.

4 - AÑEJO -

Corralejo Añejo - $55. - Light color, double distilled in copper stills. Forgettable. -

Reserva Antigua 1800 Añejo - $38. - 100% blue Agave with golden amber color. Soft, smooth, complex flavors of chocolate & honey.

El Jimador Añejo - $45. - Not as much character as previously tasted Anejos but ended lovely. -

Don Eduardo Añejo - $50. - 100% Agave, light color, aged in American Bourbon oak for two years. Complex, peppery and smooth. -

Tres Generaciones Añejo - $50. - 100% blue Agave; aged three years in oak barrels. Smooth and sweet on the nose and palate. - Herradura Añejo - $50. - Deep amber color. Aged two years in oak barrels. Licorice, iodine, spicy, complex. For sipping like a Cognac or Brandy. -

Espolon Añejo - $52. - Dark amber color. Aged one year in white oak barrels. Vanilla & butterscotch. -

- Gran Centenario Añejo - $55. - Dark amber color. Minimum 18 months in small French oak casks. Spicy, earthy, mineral, vanilla. -

Cabo Wabo Añejo Milenio - $68. - Light color; One year in white oak barrels. A different, yet lovely funky nose. Subtle vanilla, caramel, honey. -

Corazon Añejo - $75. - Dark amber color. Aged in American oak. Sweet, floral honeyed nose. Caramel and tea. -

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia - $110. - 5 years in 50% French & 50% American oak. Toasty, butterscotch, vanilla, honey. A long finish that reminded me of brandy or Cognac.


Agavero Tequila Liqueur - $30. - 100% blue Agave that is a blend of Reposado & Añejo. Aged in charred white oak barrels. Light color, sweet & smooth. 64 proof.

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