Holy moly, it’s May y’all! I have no clue where April went, but I do know that I happen to love May! There are so many reasons as to why I love May, one of them being that my hubby and I got married in May and this year makes 11 years! (Say what?) Time sure does fly guys, and I can’t believe that we have almost been married over a decade! (Crazy town!) In addition to it being our anniversary month, another reason I happen to love May is because of Cinco de Mayo and because I love any excuse to drink margaritas and eat chips and salsa! Who’s with me? My refreshing hibiscus margarita is just the cocktail you need to kickstart your May off right and to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way!
Have you ever made anything with dried hibiscus flowers? More than likely you have had a hibiscus tea or at least seen it, but I am here you tell you that you need to make a cocktail with it too! This margarita is the perfect balance of sweet, floral, and tart and couldn’t be any more refreshing! It is going to make your Cinco de Mayo celebrations complete, not to mention it’s an absolute gorgeous color thanks to those little dried flowers!
Full disclosure: I may have interrupted our neighbor’s Sunday afternoon hang out with their friends to ask if I could clip a couple of their beautiful hibiscus flowers for my cocktail garnish! But look how beautiful..worth it right?
We will be out of town for Cinco de Mayo which is why I made these a little bit early! Today I fly out for the Everything Food Conference and my guys are meeting me after the conference in Park City for a mini family vacay! I have to say that I am pretty excited to go to the conference and learn more, meet other amazing women, and hopefully make some new friends along the way! We decided to make a family vacation out of it since my hubby loves Utah and Parks is always up for an adventure too! We are going to hike, eat some yummy food, and do a little exploring in Park City, which will be just what I need after a few days of working and you can bet I will be wishing I had one of these hibiscus margaritas to sip on while we are there!
Whether or not you are planning on hosting a party or are just going to be hanging at home with your family, I am pretty sure these cocktails need to be on your menu!
1/4 Cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers (Usually spice shops carry them and so does World Market or you can order online!)
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Sugar or Agave
2 Oz. Tequila
1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Kosher or Maldon Salt for Rimming Glasses
In a small saucepan make hibiscus simple syrup by combining dried hibiscus flowers, water, and sugar and bring to a boil stirring until sugar has dissolved.
Turn off heat and let steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the syrup, removing the dried hibiscus flowers and let chill completely.
Take a lime wedge and go around the edge of two glasses.
Pour salt onto a plate or into a bowl and dip the limed rimmed glasses into the salt.
Fill the two glasses with crushed ice and add lime juice, tequila, and hibiscus syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake well to combine and then pour over the ice into two glasses.
Garnish and serve immediately.
Gorgeous aren’t they? And soooooo easy to make! Cheers guys! I hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo!