Tequila Ria

Here’s a cocktail to jumpstart Hispanic Heritage Month! Mezcal is a refreshingly tart margarita made with mezcal, hibiscus flowers, and fresh lime juice. This cocktail is not only delicious but also healthy! Did you know that research has uncovered a range of health benefits linked to drinking hibiscus tea? The research shows that it may lower blood pressure, fight bacteria, and even aid weight loss.


Hibiscus syrup

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) water
  • Hibiscus tea bags or dried hibiscus flowers

Margarita (for one drink)

  • 2 ounces (60 ml) mezcal
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces (120 ml) Hibiscus Syrup
  • Coarse salt and sliced lime for rimming the glass
  • Ice

Make the syrup

  • Whisk the sugar and water in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat and add the teabags (or hibiscus flowers). Let steep 20 minutes. Remove teabags or pour through a strainer. Cool syrup completely in the refrigerator until cold. Makes enough for 4 drinks.

To mix one drink

  • Put about 2 tablespoons salt on a small plate. Run the flesh of a lime wedge over the rim of a glass, then turn the glass upside down on the salt, turning the glass to coat the rim. Fill the glass with ice.
  • Pour the mezcal, lime juice, and Hibiscus Syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake or stir vigorously until well mixed. Pour over the ice-filled glass. Garnish with a slice of lime. Cheers!

How is mezcal different from tequila?
Mezcal is sparkling clear just like tequila, but has a seductively smoky finish that brings a very sexy zing to cocktails. Also, Mezcal is made by fermenting agave juice, just like tequila is.
Technically, both spirits fall into the category of mezcals.

In December of 2020 Christell Frausto founded Tequilaria, an unconventional liquor store. She created the shop with women in mind—a place where they feel comfortable, safe, and excited to try new and unique products. Tequilaria specializes in Tequila, Mezcal, bourbons, and offers a wide selection of wine, beer, and spirits. When you visit, you will be welcomed by a friendly staff and can even sample products in the tasting room. Tequilaria is an experience—not just a place to shop. You can keep up with Tequilaria through social media at @tequilariapeoria on Instagram and Tequilaria Wine and Spirits on Facebook.

Front Porch Soap & Gift Co.

Front Porch Soap & Gift Co.

At Front Porch Soap & Gift Co., wellness is a way of life. Come step inside, and experience creative bath and body care. Indulge and treat your senses to the aromas, the colors, and the textures of our “made with care,” small batch, hand-blended bath and body products. Enjoy personalized service focused on a more natural path to feel and look your best, both inside and out. Make Front Porch Soap & Gift Co. your one-stop shop for unforgettable gifting.

Front Porch Soap & Gift Co. is proud to offer our customers a beautiful shop where the choices are abundant, the decor is decadent, the gifts are beautiful, with a personalized touch at every turn…

Front Porch Soap & Gift Co. has grown from twenty or so varieties of soap made the old-fashioned way, to offering a full bath and body care product line, with a strong focus on ingredients for better health and wellness.

Front Porch Soap & Gift is located less than one mile west of Lewistown, Illinois on the “Old Bernadotte Blacktop.” It’s worth the extra hop, skip, and jump to visit the shop where the scenery is beautiful, the atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing, the prices are budget-friendly, and customer satisfaction is a priority.

Front Porch Soap and Gift Co.
14242 East County 14 Highway, Lewistown, IL

Shop Hours:
Thursday, 3-6pm
Friday, 12-6pm
Saturday, 10 am-4pm