Red lead is used as a the pigment in rust-proofing primer paints. This drink takes its name from the color, not the lead. The drink’s color is from hibiscus-infused tequila (see recipe below), a quick method to bring floral character and deep hue to the agave spirit.
6 ounces hibiscus tequila
1 ounce orange juice
4 ounces pineapple juice
4 quarter-sized slice of fresh ginger
Muddle ginger slices and orange juice in a mixing glass. Add tequila and pineapple juice. Stir. Pour the mix into a large cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into margarita or cocktails glasses. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Hibiscus infused tequila: Hibiscus water: Place 1 compact cup of dried hibiscus blossoms in a large, lidded preserve jar. Add 2 cups of tequila. Seal and shake. Let it steep for 1 hour. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer or sieve. Store in the refrigerator up to a month.
Tasting notes: Flavorful infusion deepens and lifts the taste.
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