This is a surprisingly floral cocktail for the vamps to get their fangs into.
- For the hibiscus syrup
- 400g granulated sugar
- 475ml water
- 50g dried hibiscus flowers, also known as West Indian sorrel
- 5cm piece fresh ginger, unpeeled and sliced
- For the cocktail
- 950ml white tequila
- 475ml hibiscus syrup, recipe below
- 475ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 240ml orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
- Thinly sliced lime, for garnish
1) Put the sugar, water, hibiscus flowers and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over a high heat, stirring occasionally.
2) Remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 30 mins. Sieve and refrigerate until chilled.
For the cocktail:
1) Combine the tequila, 475ml of hibiscus syrup, lime juice and orange liqueur in a large jug. (The vampiro can be made up to this point a day ahead and refrigerated.)
2) To serve, fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice, add the some of the vampiro and shake until chilled. Strain and serve straight-up in a cocktail glass garnished with lime slices. Alternatively, serve over ice in a rocks glass.
Cook's Note: Hibiscus flowers can be found in most Latin markets and maybe labelled by its Jamaican name West Indian sorrel.