Cocktail: Angelina at Mas Malo
Tequila isn’t in an exclusive relationship with sweet-and-sour mix. No, the margarita does not own its tempting agave heart. The spirit lends itself nicely to a variety of other mixers, including hibiscus juice. It lovingly cohabitates with this ruby-colored nectar in a cocktail called Angelina at Mas Malo in downtown Los Angeles. Made from the flower of the same name, the juice’s flavor is soft and sweet. The addition of hibiscus-infused tequila, a hint of simple syrup and the tart tang of lime makes the drink as addictive as a kiss. However, its rim of red chili and salt plays hard to get — just enough to keep you coming back for more.
1 3/4 ounces Gran Centenario Rosangel Reposado tequila
3/4 ounce hibiscus juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce lime
Shake in a tin and strain over ice in a rocks glass rimmed with red chili powder mixed with salt.
Mas Malo, 515 W. 7th St., L.A., (213) 985-4332; https://www.malorestaurant.com.
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