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Limantour’s Jamaica Cocktail

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Hibiscus steals the show in this mezcal cocktail from Mexico City.

Shifting the ubiquity of jamaica (hibiscus) from the classic agua fresca to the cocktail glass, this best seller from Licoreria Limantour combines a spiced hibiscus syrup with mezcal, lime juice, and a pinch of cardamom for a vibrant and summery mix.


  • 2 oz. mezcal espadín
  • 2 oz. hibiscus syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Cardamom, to taste
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:clay mug or tumblr
  • Garnish:orange wedge, mint sprig


Prepare the clay mug or tumbler by rimming the edge with salt (Limantour uses worm salt, or sal de gusano, which can be bought online or at some Mexican markets). Set aside. Combine the mezcal, hibiscus and lime in a shaker with ice. Add a pinch of cardamom and shake until chilled. Strain into the prepared mug and garnish.

Hibiscus Syrup: In a saucepan, combine 125 grams of hibiscus with 2 cups of water and 2½ cups of sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and add 10 grams cardamom and 5 grams cloves. Let cool and strain out solids. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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