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friyay happy hour: smokin hibiscus

the older i get, the more i believe that the universe is always sending me messages.

it’s been a VERY busy week, and today, i was feeling like i just wasn’t going to be able to get to that friyay cocktail! but i got my sh*t together and went to pick up the mezcal i wanted for today’s cocktail. by the way, if you are not familiar with mezcal, pick up a bottle! like tequila, it is made with agave, but they smoke the plant before they ferment it which creates this amazingly smokey flavor.

i had an idea of what i wanted to make, but i was going to have to run all over town to get the rosemary and hibiscus. and then, right there in the parking lot of the place i got the mezcal, was the MOST GORGEOUS hibiscus NEXT TO a flourishing rosemary bush. and the smokin hibiscus was born.

smokin hibiscus

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz mezcal. 1 oz hibiscus syrup. 1 oz fresh lime juice. 1 sprig of rosemary. 3 oz club soda. hibiscus for garnish, optional. 1 cup ice or large ice cube. shaker with extra cup of ice.

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start by combining most of the leaves from the rosemary sprig (leave the tip top leaves for the sprig to become a garnish), the mezcal, the hibiscus syrup and the lime juice in the shaker with ice. shake well for 30 seconds till the rosemary oils have released into the mixture.

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pour the mixture into your serving glass filled with ice.

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top with club soda.

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garnish with rosemary sprig and optional hibiscus flower and enjoy.

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xo, a

smokin hibiscus

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz mezcal. 1 oz hibiscus syrup. 1 oz fresh lime juice. 1 sprig of rosemary. 3 oz club soda. hibiscus for garnish, optional. 1 cup ice or large ice cube. shaker with extra cup of ice.

start by combining most of the leaves from the rosemary sprig (leave the tip top leaves for the sprig to become a garnish), the mezcal, the hibiscus syrup and the lime juice in the shaker with ice. shake well for 30 seconds till the rosemary oils have released into the mixture. pour the mixture into your serving glass filled with ice. top with club soda. garnish with rosemary sprig and optional hibiscus flower and enjoy.

friyay happy hour: watermelon margarita

wow. last week at this time, i was CONVINCED that i had just come through one of the harder weeks in my catering and baking career thus far. and then i went and followed it up with another week of insanity. 

this is good. it means everything is growing. growth is uncomfortable. but man oh man, i could use a break from the uncomfortable. 

and a nice, stiff drink.

decent watermelon are starting to hit the produce stores, and i LOVE watermelon. last year, i started blending up slightly mealy melons and straining them to make watermelon juice. it has quickly become one of my favorite cocktail mixers.

a regular old margarita gets a whole new look and taste with the small additional of watermelon juice. now, if only i could find an ingredient to add to my life to spruce it up in the same manner! 

watermelon margarita

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tequila. 3 oz watermelon juice. .5 oz triple sec. .5 oz fresh lime juice. lime wheel for garnish. shaker. 1 cup of ice. 

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in the shaker, combine the ice, tequila, watermelon and lemon juices and the triple sec.

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shake well to combine.

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garnish your glass with a lime wheel.

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pour the contents foe shaker into the glass.

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serve and enjoy. 

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xo, a

watermelon margarita

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tequila. 3 oz watermelon juice. .5 oz triple sec. .5 oz fresh lime juice. lime wheel for garnish. shaker. 1 cup of ice. 

in the shaker, combine the ice, tequila, watermelon and lemon juices and the triple sec. shake well to combine. garnish your glass with a lime wheel. pour the contents foe shaker into the glass. serve and enjoy.