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Blood Orange Hibiscus Mezcalita

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.

Overhead shot of blood orange margaritas in old fashioned glasses rimmed with tajin and garnished with a blood orange wedge.

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Why you’ll love these blood orange mezcalitas

  • The sweet and floral hibiscus simple syrup is paired with smoky, earthy mezcal and zesty blood orange juice for a beautiful balance of flavors.
  • It’s a great way to enjoy citrus season, when blood oranges are at the best, and their juice makes for a vibrant, colorful cocktail.
  • Do you really need any more reasons to enjoy a mezcal margarita? I don’t think you do.
A blood orange mezcalita rimmed on one half of the glass with tajin seasoning and a blood orange wedge for garnish.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

A hand picking up a blood orange mezcalita rimmed with tajin and garnished with a blood orange wedge.

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.

Overhead shot of blood orange mezcalitas garnished with tajin and blood orange wedges.

Frequently Asked Questions: Mezcalitas

What is the difference between an orange and a blood orange?

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.

What is the alcohol mezcal?

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.

Is mezcal stronger than tequila?

While not all mezcal is stronger than tequila, mezcals can have a higher alcohol content averaging between 40-55% alcohol.

Close up shot of blood orange margaritas in old fashioned glasses rimmed with tajin and garnished with a blood orange wedge.

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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.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Mezcal
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Rim glass with Tajin and fill with ice. Set aside.
  2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold.
  3. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with a blood orange wedge.

Notes

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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