At Ghost Donkey, a Mexican-inspired bar in lower Manhattan, head bartender Ignacio “Nacho” Jimenez offers a play on the oft-maligned Tequila Sunrise. His version, built on a split base of tequila and mezcal, is lengthened with bitter orange juice and topped with spicy hibiscus-habanero syrup in place of the more traditional grenadine.
- 3/4 ounce tequila, preferably Cabeza
- 3/4 ounce mezcal, preferably Montelobos
- 6 ounces bitter orange juice
- 3/4 ounce hibiscus-habanero syrup (see Editor's Note)
Garnish: dehydrated lemon wheel
- Combine the tequila, mezcal and bitter orange juice in a Collins glass over ice.
- Carefully pour the hibiscus-habanero syrup over the top, to float.
- Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.
60g dried hibiscus flowers
50g habanero pepper, sliced
1 vanilla bean
5 orange peels
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan set over medium high heat. Add hibiscus flowers, habanero, vanilla bean and orange peels. Bring the mixture to a boil, then allow it to cool before straining.