Margarita with pink and lemon colored layers

How to Create a Mexican Sunset in a Glass

Today is National Margarita Day and I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than by creating a Mexican Sunset in a Glass. On my last visit to Cabo, Mexico, I learned how to make this beautiful margarita at a cooking class put on by Cookin’Cabo. Our Instructor, Issi Radilla, showed us how to make a pink tinged Margarita reminiscent of the sunsets I saw each day during cocktail hour. 

Sunset in Cabo Mexico

With National Margarita Day occurring in cold mid-winter (during Lent no less), I’ll have to make a few adjustments for the lack of beach weather. You see, Issi got the pink layer of color by boiling a few hot pink bougainvillea flowers he pilfered from the side of the road.

Bright Pink Bougainvillea flowers against white wall and blue sky

In mid-winter New Jersey, I’ll make the transformative pink haze by soaking a few dried hibiscus flowers in boiling water, or even easier, pouring in Hibiscus Elixir from Floral Elixir Company. So, here’s how to create a Mexican sunrise in a glass for National Margarita Day:

  1. Pour 1 cup boiling water into a bowl filled with ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers. Let soak until cooled and the water is pink.
  2. Create a traditional margarita using by combining ½ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. simple syrup*, 1 oz. triple sec and 1 oz. tequila in a glass.
  3. Gently add ½ oz. of hibiscus water to the top of the margarita to create a pink hazy layer

*Either buy simple syrup at a liquor store or make your own by boiling equal parts water and sugar

Want to pink up your margarita further? Then replace the traditional salt rim with a Mexican alternative. Prior to making the margarita, coat the rim of the glass with chamoy sauce and dip in tajin spice. Both chamoy sauce and tajin spice can be bought on

For more mouth-watering Mexican recipes, check out Four Insider Secrets That Will Make Your Mexican Meal.


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