Why you’ll love these blood orange mezcalitas
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
How to make a blood orange mezcalita
Make your simple syrup. Combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan. Add 2 hibiscus tea bags and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
Then, remove from heat and allow the tea to steep until the mixture has returned to room temperature. Discard the tea bag and transfer to the simple syrup to a storage container.
Juice the blood oranges. Use a citrus reamer to just the blood oranges. You will probably get enough juice for 1 mezcalita, but obviously orange sizes vary, so juice enough to get 2 ounces per drink.
Prepare you glasses. Using a citrus wedge, rim each cocktail glass with Tajin and fill with ice, then set aside.
Mix your cocktail. Combine the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into prepared glasses.
Garnish and serve. After pouring the cocktail, garnish with a slice of blood orange. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mezcalitas
A blood orange will be less acidic than a traditional orange, such as a navel orange. It can be sweeter and have a subtle berry flavor with a hint of grapefruit bitterness.
Both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, but unlike tequila, mezcal doesn’t have to be made in a specific region or from a specific type of agave. Mezcal is traditionally produced using in underground roasting pits, which creates a slightly smoky flavor.
While not all mezcal is stronger than tequila, mezcals can have a higher alcohol content averaging between 40-55% alcohol.
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Blood Orange Mezcalitas
Featuring floral hibiscus syrup and smoky mezcal, this simple blood orange mezcalita is a refreshing and vibrant cocktail that’s perfect for a girl’s night out or a weekend treat. Rim your this mezcal margarita variation with Tajin and garnish with a blood orange slice for extra flavor.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
- Category: Mezcal
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Mexican
- 2 ounces mezcal
- 2 ounces blood orange juice
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1 ounce hibiscus simple syrup (recipe follows)
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- For garnish: Tajin, blood orange wedge
- Rim glass with Tajin and fill with ice. Set aside.
- Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold.
- Strain into prepared glass and garnish with a blood orange wedge.
To make the hibiscus simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 2 hibiscus tea bags in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Remove saucepan from the heat and allow the tea to steep until the mixture cooled to room temperature. Discard tea bags and transfer to the simple syrup to a storage container.
Keywords: mezcalita, blood orange margarita, hibiscus margarita, mezcal margarita, mezcal cocktail, hibiscus cocktail, blood orange cocktail
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