Hibiscus Margaritas

I’ve always enjoys planning and making lists. I’m a bit OCD about it. Even as a child I was a planner. I would draft detailed list for packing on trips. My meticulous Christmas lists included carefully numbered instructions and magazine clippings for guidance—should any of the parties involved be confused. There may have been a dark period where I morbidly planed my funeral–it was a stately affair–should my untimely demise come early. But that is a strange story for another day!

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I have a to do list staring back at me from my second computer monitor and there is a list of things that need to be done before I move, on the fridge. I’ll often find old lists all over my house. I just came across a list of road trip goals from 2012 from my first road trip with Simon (witness a crime, get truck drivers to honk at us, visit a cemetery…). I tend to be old fashioned in my endeavors as well. I like to write things down with pen and paper.

I’ve always like notes too. Reminder notes. Passing notes in class—I never got caught and I was great with fancy folds. When I was younger I wrote a lot scathing notes to the people who had wronged me—I’m pretty sure my mom still has some of those “you’re a horrible mother” gems saved up for future guilt trips. I was an absolute delight as a child.

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There is just something about the act of writing, forming words with a pen or pencil on paper that I enjoy infinitely more than typing. My handwriting is terrible and I have strange indecipherable notes scattered throughout the house like a psychopath, but I love writing things down and crossing things off. Weird?

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These notes and lists often have practical uses. I’m always brainstorming recipes to try out for CRAVINGS at home or on the go. I occasionally use Pinterest as a sort of a visual list that I can refer back to for inspiration. More frequently however, I use scraps of paper, or whatever is nearby, to jot down anything that comes to mind. I like to get together with my family and plan out meal ideas— and this always goes over better with cocktails!

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So I recently made Hibiscus Margaritas for me and the fam. I brewed my own hibiscus tea and sweetened it with Bee in Your Bonnet Hibiscus Honey. I rimmed the glasses with Laguna Salt Co.’s gorgeously pink Sweet Hibiscus Handcrafted Sea Salt.

I also used sweet limes for the drinks. I’d never heard of them before but saw them at the store and had to try them. They look similar to lemons but have a very sweet, mild citrus flavor. Just something fun and new to try out!

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These were delicious and refreshing and perfect for spring! I adore the pink and deep magenta hues along with the pop of yellow. Hibiscus tea (also known as jamaica) is one of my favorite drinks so it only makes sense to use it in a cocktail to help fuel my thought process! What is your go to margarita recipe? And yay or nay to lists? Leave a comment below!

Hibiscus Margaritas
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
  2. ½ cup Bee in Your Bonnet Hibiscus Honey
  3. 3 sweet limes (or regular limes)
  4. 8 oz. tequila (silver or gold)
  5. 4 oz. Triple Sec
  6. Laguna Salt Company Sweet Hibiscus Sea Salt
  7. Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Make the Tea
  2. In a saucepan bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  3. Turn off the heat, add in dried hibiscus flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain tea into a heatproof pitcher and mix in honey, using more or less depending on your preference.
  5. Let tea cool to room temperature before pouring about 1 cup of tea into an ice cube tray and freezing, then chill the rest in the fridge overnight.
  6. Make the Drinks
  7. In a pitcher, combine 5 cups chilled hibiscus tea with tequila, Triple Sec, and the juice from 1 sweet lime.
  8. Squeeze the juice from 1 sweet lime in a small bowl. In another bowl pour a tablespoon or so of the hibiscus salt.
  9. Rim four glasses by dipping them in the lime juice then the salt.
  10. Fill glasses with ice and top with hibiscus margaritas. Garnish with lime slices.
  11. Enjoy!
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