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Hibiscus Flower Margaritas
(Margaritas de Jamaica)

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups Jamaica flowers (2 ounces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 lime wedges
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 cups ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups silver tequila
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Method

  1. Combine 2 1/3 cups water, Jamaica flowers and sugar in saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Strain; discard flowers. Cool syrup completely. (Can be made 3 days ahead; cover and chill.)
  3. Run 1 lime wedge around top edge of 8 Margarita glasses to moisten; dip edges in coarse salt to coat.
  4. Blend half of flower syrup, 3 cups ice cubes, 3/4 cup tequila and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice in blender until frothy and icy.
  5. Pour into 4 prepared Margarita glasses.
  6. Repeat with remaining syrup, ice cubes, tequila and lime juice.
  7. Garnish each Margarita with lime wedge and serve.

Makes 8.

Source: Bon Appetit, May 2003

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