This super simple cocktail is salty, citrusy, and smoky, what more could you ask for?
For the Marigold Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup dried marigold flowers
For the Margarita
- Sea salt
- 3-4 dried marigold flowers
- 2 limes
- 1/4 cup mezcal
- 2 tablespoons marigold syrup, recipe below
To make the marigold syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once boiling, remove from heat, stir in flowers, cover and let steep at least 15 minutes but up to 2 hours.
To make the margarita: Pour about 1/4 cup of salt on a shallow dish. Crumble 2 marigold flowers into salt and then rub the salt and flowers together.
Cut lime in half. Take one lime half and cut into thick slices. Rub one lime slice around the edge of a rocks glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the marigold salt and fill the glass with ice.
Fill a shaker with ice. Squeeze the remaining 3 lime wedges into the shaker, add mezcal and syrup. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with crumbled marigold flower and a lime wedge.