Prep 20 mins Mix 2 mins Drink 22 mins
This Mexican Cosmopolitan is an irresistable cocktail. A pretty pink liquid sitting in a martini glass. Cosmopolitans are thought of as a “girlie drink”. My sweetie will never order one. His choice would be a chilled vodka martini straight up with two large olives. But it’s funny how half of my Cosmopolitan disappears when I’m not looking!
What makes this Cosmopolitan Mexican? It’s the addition of 100% agave Silver tequila instead of vodka and Hibiscus tea instead of cranberry juice. When I saw this idea in Rick Bayless’ book, Fiesta at Rick’s, I knew we had to make these at our Modern Mexican cooking class.
How do you make the Hibiscus tea? Simple. Just add Jamaica (pronounced Ha-My-Ka) Hibiscus flowers to water and boil the water. Add a little sugar and let sit to cool. Chill if you have the time. This is a wonderful iced beverage to serve on its own to the youngins or alcohol “virgins”. (The recipe below makes more than you need, so you’ll have extra.) The hibiscus flowers turn the tea a bright red. Mix it with the Cosmopolitan ingredients and it’s pretty in pink. I was given the Don Enrique Jamaica dried hibiscus flowers from Melissa’s Produce.
Mix up a batch of Mexican Cosmopolitans the next time you are having a Mexican fiesta. Don’t let anyone near them until the knives are put away (the rule in our cooking class), as they tend to be a bit intoxicating…in more ways than one.
Use a silver martini shaker to shake, rattle and roll and feel your fingers freeze in anticipation.
1/2 ounce Jamaica dried Hibiscus flowers
4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup 100% agave silver tequila
1 cup orange liqueur
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups hibiscus tea
1/2 cup sugar
1. To make hibiscus tea, combine hibiscus flowers with water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 1/4 cup sugar, stir to dissolve and let sit to cool. Then strain flowers from the tea. Chill if not using immediately.
2. Make Mexican Cosmopolitan. In a pitcher, combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, hibiscus tea and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
3. For individual drinks, place 2 cups of ice cubes in a martini shaker. Add enough Mexican Cosmopolitan liquid from the pitcher to bring up to the level of the ice. Cover, then shake, rattle and roll.
4. Strain the icy liquid into martini glasses and serve.
Servings: 16 125 calories per serving