I'm no expert mixologist, but I like to muddle around in the cocktail arena once in a while. So I accepted the offer to try a bottle of Rosangel Hibiscus-infused tequila because hibiscus, also known as the Mexican jamaica drink (or the main ingredient in Red Zinger tea) is one of my favorite flavors. It seemed like the perfect base for a summery cocktail, but what would be the best mixer? Tasted straight up, it wasn't bad, although jamaica can have a bit of a Hawaiian Punch quality if it's not blended with the right amount of sweetener and citrus. At Whole Foods, I picked up a bottle of Ooba sparkling hibiscus-lime drink. But the Ooba and Rosangel alone on the rocks still wasn't quite right.
For the next time, I added Trader Joe's margarita mix and a few drops of orange bitters over crushed ice. Perfect! I dubbed it the Jamaica Me Loca, since there's already a rum-intensive drink called Jamaica me crazy.
Here's the approximate ratio:
1 1/2 oz. Rosangel hibiscus tequila
4 oz. Ooba sparkling hibiscus-lime drink
1 oz. good quality margarita or sour mix
3 splashes of orange bitters
Combine over crushed ice and enjoy!