With Halloween freshly over, its time to honor the holiday, Dia Los Muertos with a stylish cocktail. Also known as the Day of the Dead, it is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular, the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. This holiday starts at midnight on Halloween and ends this year on Friday, November 2nd. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Families make colorful altars in their homes in honor of their deceased loved ones, and the altars are decorated with flowers, candles, their loved one’s favorite food and pan de muerto (a slightly sweet bread specifically made for this time).
Today, we are making this floral cocktail called Sangre de las Flores, which means blood of the flowers. It’s a colorful cocktail that is fitting for this three day brightly colored holiday. Anyone of our cocktails wouldn’t be complete without the stylish cocktail stirs we love to use by The Roc Shop. This lady will have all your drink stir dreams to come to life. Check out her website here.
S A N G R E D E L A S F L O R E S
serves: 1 cocktail
W H A T Y A N E E D!
1.5 oz. blood orange juice
1 oz. mezcal
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz. Grand Poppy liqueur (or other amaro type liqueur, such as Campari)
.5 Spiced Marigold Hibiscus Syrup (directions below)
Organic marigold and carnation blossoms to garnish (or other edible flowers)
To make the Spiced Marigold Hibiscus Syrup:
1 hibiscus tea bag
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh marigold petals
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
B U S T O U T:
I N S T R U C T I O N S
To make the syrup, brew one cup of strong hibiscus tea (one teabag) according to manufacturer instructions. Place brewed tea, sugar, marigold petals, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Cover and remove from heat. Allow to steep and thoroughly cool. Strain mixture into airtight container and store in the fridge.
To make your cocktail:
In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, lime juice, floral liqueur, syrup, and orange juice over ice. Shake until chilled. Strain mixture into a glass, and garnish with flowers. Take a little bouquet of dried flowers and wrap them with a lemon peel. Add blood orange slices, and you are ready!