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Holiday Recipes: Wish You Were Here

From Dante McGrath of Verbena

Located in the Canopy Austin Downtown Hotel, Verbena is a cozy spot with a lush open-air courtyard and a wood-burning hearth. Paired with the old-world farm-to-table fare, the cocktails at Verbena complement both the sophisticated dishes as well as the colorful restaurant, thanks to General Manager Dante McGrath. Raised in Atlanta, the mixologist-slash-manager has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years with almost a decade in Austin, cutting his teeth at The LINE Austin and W Austin Hotel. His festive sipper will have you painting the town red.

Wish You Were Here

“The vibrant red color embodies the season, while the freshness of the hibiscus tequila paired with the citrus and elderflower liqueur provides a softly sweet finish, perfect for sipping with friends around the tree,” says McGrath.

• 2 oz Hibiscus-infused Casamigos Blanco Tequila (Recipe below)
• 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
• 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
• 1/2 oz honey

Combine ingredients and hard shake with ice. Strain and serve in a coup with a garnish of fresh lemon wheel.

Hibiscus-Infused Tequila

Steep 1/2 cup of hibiscus flowers with 750 ml of your favorite blanco tequila for one hour. Strain and serve.