Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas cocktail!

Hibiscus Christmas cooler
I love the deep, fruity flavor of jamaica or hibiscus flowers. Their bright red color makes the perfect holiday cocktail. Here's a festive hibiscus Christmas cooler inspired by the Sterling Daiquiri in the L.A. Times, by Allan Katz of Cana Rum Bar, but minus the ginger liqueur. (Steeping some grated ginger in the agua de jamaica would probably impart a similar flavor). Cheers!
2 oz. agua de jamaica (from L.A. Times recipe made with dried hibiscus flowers, available at Latino markets. Optional, add grated ginger to the steeping mixture.)

1 oz. rum, spiced or regular
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 oz. club soda
Mix and serve over crushed ice with a wedge of lime and sprig of mint.
(Taste and add simple syrup if it's too tart for your taste.)


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Hollywood Holland said...

Mmm this sounds good. I agree on leaving the simple syrup out the syrup usually just adds calories and hangovers!