Margaritas are so well-loved there’s a whole variety of flavors and ingredients being invented around this one cocktail. Cucumber-jalapeno, mango-ginger, pineapple-cilantro...the list keeps going. There are literally countless flavors and mixes, including the one and only Hawaiian Margarita. This summery cocktail is an interesting tropical and fruity spin on the traditional margarita. The pineapple and coconut give it some extra sweetness, and to make this drink truly taste like you’re in Hawaii add some li hing mui powder to the mix.
Never heard of li hing mui? It’s a flavorful garnish made of salty dried plum. Originally from China, but brought to Hawaii in the 1900s it’s now often used in Hawaiian cuisine; sprinkled over salads, fruit, desserts, and even cocktails. Instead of salt, Hawaiian bars use this specialty when making cocktails, especially over the rim of a glass. There’s no way to really describe the flavor of li hing mui without trying it. It’s sweet, sour, and salty all at once making it an essential ingredient for your next luau party.