Rosella royale

Rosella royale

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Cantina
Serves
1
Photographer
Chris Middleton

In Mexico the rosella, also known as the wild hibiscus flower, is referred to as the flor de Jamaica. The growing interest in foraged foods has reminded us that there are so many new and interesting wild foods. The Australian riberry, also known as lilly pilly, is one of these. Red currants would make a great substitute. This refreshing aperitif is a great way to start an evening. Made with tequila blanco, homemade rosella tea and crowned with Champagne and native berries this is the perfect summer drink!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
30ml blanco tequila
30ml rosella tea
10ml pulque
french champagne, chilled
riberry or blackberry, to garnish

Rosella tea

Quantity Ingredient
250g sugar
250ml water
125g split rosella flowers
125g riberries or frozen blackberries
1 cinnamon stick
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

Method

  1. To make the rosella tea, combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until simmering, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Gently simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much flavour from the fruit as possible.
  2. Pour the blanco tequila, 30 ml of the rosella tea and the pulque into a chilled Champagne flute. Top up with Champagne and garnish with a fresh riberry or blackberry.

Paul’s tips

  • Store any remaining rosella tea in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

    Riberries, also known as lilly pillies, are native to Australia and can be sourced frozen from specialty stores or fresh from a bush, if you have access to one.

    Rosella (wild hibiscus) flowers are available frozen or dried from gourmet food stores.
Tags:
Latin
Mexican
Mexico
Cantina
Paul Wilson
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