Sassy Flower (Hibiscus-Rosemary Mezcal Cocktail) Recipe

Photograph: © Kelly Puleio 2018, resized for publication

Why It Works

  • Tangy hibiscus tea is steeped with fresh rosemary, adding a piney flavor that draws out the woodsy side of mezcal.
  • If you prep the syrup early and stash it in your fridge, finishing this one-bottle drink is a snap.

New York bartender Alan Ruesga-Pelayo grew up in Mexico enjoying his mother's and grandmother's homemade aguas frescas. His favorite was always the hibiscus-flavored version, agua de jamaica, which inspired this drink.

Reprinted with permission from by Maggie Hoffman, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.The One-Bottle Cocktail: More Than 80 Recipes With Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit

Recipe Facts

Active: 3 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 1 drink

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For the Hibiscus-Rosemary Syrup:

  • 2 hibiscus tea bags, such as Traditional Medicinals

  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, divided

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 1/2 cups (300gsugar

For the Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces mezcal (60ml)

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice (30ml)

  • 3/4 ounce Hibiscus-Rosemary Syrup


  1. For the Hibiscus-Rosemary Syrup: Steep tea bags and 1 rosemary sprig in boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain into a heatproof container with a tight-fitting lid, then add sugar and stir or shake until dissolved. Let cool, then refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

  2. For the cocktail: Combine mezcal, lemon juice, and hibiscus-rosemary syrup in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig.

Special equipment

Electric kettle (optional), Mason jar, cocktail shaker set, strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
165 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 165
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 34mg 1%
*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.)