June has been all about changes and celebrations: the end of high school for @gregorytlee, the end of my 40s, the long-awaited end of a wild year of driving and discovering nearly ever wifi-enabled coffee shop in a 30 mile radius of my house, and perhaps most importantly -- the beginning of the lazy days of summer.
To celebrate this month of transitions and new beginnings, my friends threw a backyard barbecue, kicking off the festivities with this unique and satisfying hibiscus margarita made with dried hibiscus flowers. The color is just entrancing and I, of course, gave our hosts the third degree about what was in it and how it was prepared.
As an added bonus, hibiscus (jamaica in Spanish – the J is silent) has natural curative powers including supporting upper respiratory health and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. A quick Google search will yield many articles about these healing properties – feel free to draw your own conclusions.
What struck me about the hibiscus was it’s deep, dark, rich berry-like color and the tangy sweet and sour element it added to the drink. The fact that the hibiscus might actually be good for me was just a happy bonus.
The recipe for the drink is from Cooking Light . Our hosts did a fabulous job preparing and serving it.
My month of transitions and celebrations may keep me away from my weekly blog posts for a bit but please follow along in my other social media channels. I will do my best to share whatever yummy and unique food and drinks I discover along the way. And I always love to hear what you are cooking up in the kitchen or discover at your friend's table or favorite restaurant.
Here’s to many lazy luscious days of summer for all of us. See you in a few weeks!
Photos by Gregory Lee on his Canon T5i except for the picture of his graduation cake.