La Condesa's Alma Blanca Recipe

Melody Fury

This playful fresh corn cocktail from La Condesa in Austin, Texas has a creamy texture and a creeping heat from the habanero-infused blanco tequila. Muddle fresh corn from the cob for optimal milkiness and sweetness.

Note: Dried hibiscus flowers can be found in specialty spice shops, Latin markets, or online. If you can't find both varieties of sea salt, any coarse-grained sea salt can be substituted. 2 tablespoons grated fresh lime zest can be substituted for the hibiscus flowers.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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For the Habanero-Infused Tequila:

  • 1/2 habanero pepper with seeds and membranes removed

  • 1 cup blanco tequila, such as Siembra Azul

For the Hibiscus Salt:

  • 1 1/2 ounce by weight (about 1/2 cup) dried hibiscus flower (see note)

  • 3 tablespoons coarse Hawaiian red sea salt (see note)

  • 6 tablespoons coarse grey sea salt (see note)

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar

For the Cocktail:

  • Lemon wedge

  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh sweet corn kernels, by weight

  • 2 ounces habanero-infused tequila

  • 1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)

  • 1/2 ounce freshly pressed pineapple juice

  • 1/2 ounce organic agave nectar

  • Absinthe in a mister for garnish


  1. To make the habanero-infused tequila: combine the habanero and tequila in a sealable container. Allow it to infuse for 4 hours, strain, and store in a glass bottle.

  2. To make the hibiscus salt: combine the hibiscus, salts, and sugar in a clean spice grinder. Pulse until large crystals are pulverized but not reduced to a powder, about 10 short pulses. Store in a sealable container.

  3. To make the cocktail: muddle the corn kernels hard in a cocktail shaker until they become creamy and milky. Add the infused tequila, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, pineapple juice, agave nectar, and fill with ice. Shake hard for 20 seconds.

  4. Wet the rim of a coupe glass with lemon wedge and press the edge into the hibiscus salt. Double strain cocktail into glass. Mist with absinthe and serve.

Special Equipment

Spice grinder, cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, fine strainer, small mist bottle

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
325 Calories
1g Fat
43g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 325
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 646mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 65mg 327%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 240mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)