Hibiscus Mint Mojitos for the Holidays

What’s a little spicy, a little sweet and 100% stylish? The Austin Artisan Hibiscus Mint Mojito! As the year comes to a close, we’re toasting to a deliciously successful 2016. And in the process, we’ve reimaged everyone’s favorite cocktail for the festive season.

Our Hibiscus Mint Mojito is kissed by that quintessential winter-mint flavor, with a kick of ginger and a touch of sweetness. Unlike a typical mojito, hibiscus lends an herbal essence—and ravishing red hue—that puts a holiday spin on a Cuban classic.

If you’re planning a dinner or celebration, you’ll want to add this one to the menu. You can fill out the bar with beer, wine and spirits, or you can serve this singular cocktail, prepared to perfection. Make your life even easier by mixing a large batch. Label it, and let your guests pour over ice as they please.

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Hibiscus Mint Mojito

Serves 1

All It Takes

Tito’s Vodka to taste
4 oz. Nile Valley Hibiscus Mint Tea
2 oz. white grape juice
1 bottle Maine Root Ginger Beer 

Let’s Get Mixing

  1. In a Collins or Highball glass, mix vodka, tea and juice over ice.
  2. Top with the beer. Adjust juice and beer to taste to achieve the right balance of sweet and spice!

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Old Fashioned w/ Citrus Confit

When I sip an Old Fashioned, I can’t help but conjure images of Mad Men, 19th century America, and the fall of prohibition. While this cocktail has been around since the 1800s, it’s hard to classify it as, well, old. Nearly two centuries later, and the trendiest bars across the country are still serving this distinguished libation—or putting their own riff on the original. The Artisans wanted in!

The basic recipe is prepared by muddling sugar, bitters, and a few drops of water. You add the whiskey (or Bourbon) and ice, shake, and pour it into an Old Fashioned glass. Of course it has it’s own glass! Traditionally, the finished product is garnished with an orange slice and a Maraschino cherry. This is where we decided to make our mark.

Instead of filling the glass with fruit, we created a citrus confit that deepens the integrity of the cocktail. It’s made by boiling citrus rinds to yield a jam-like consistency. You can then dollop it into your Old Fashioned for a brighter, more refreshing twist on this timeless classic. The best part? You don’t have you wait for summer to make it. What you may not know is that citrus is actually seasonal in the winter – meaning right now!

So go ahead and serve my Old Fashioned w/ Citrus Confit at your next cocktail party, as a digestif, or after a long day at the ad agency (I mean, office).

Citrus Confit

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • sugar
  1. Remove the rinds from all of the fruit. Dice the rinds and submerge them in a pot with heavily salted water (2:1 salt to water ratio). Bring just to a boil.

  2. Set the rinds aside and clean the pot. Add the rinds back in, and cover them with water and sugar (1:1 sugar to water ratio). Slowly simmer until it yields a thick jam-like consistency. Cool.

Put it together

Prepare your favorite Old Fashioned recipe. Add 1 tsp. of Citrus Confit, stir gently, and garnish with fresh rind. If you don’t have a go-to recipe, we like this one:

Reserve Old Fashioned

Reserve Old Fashioned: Prepare the cocktail up to step 2. Refer to our Citrus Confit recipe for the rest!