Li Hing Mui Margarita: Page 184, Aloha Days Hula Nights

After a rough day at the hospital with my two little boys, I knew exactly what kind of aloha I wanted tonight: liquid aloha, and lots of it.  So I turned to the Li Hing Mui Margarita on page 184 of Aloha Days Hula Nights, in the Beverages – Cocktails section.  I knew the li hing mui‘s salty-sweet-sour flavor would perk up my day (and the tequila wouldn’t hurt either…)

Li hing mui is salty dried Chinese plum, which in Hawaii is powdered and added to any kine treats: fruit (dried and fresh), gummy candy, shave ice, popcorn, mochi, arare…anything goes with li hing mui, which actually means “traveling plum” in Chinese.  It’s tart, tangy, earthy…and of course, pink!  The saltiness makes it a great complement to anything citrus-y, and also makes it perfect for margaritas.

One sweet’n’sour sip and I left my exhausted self on the couch and floated out to the beach in the sunshine…thank you, tequila!  It is sweet, refreshing, and intoxicating.  Mix yours up today!

Just looking at it makes me relax…

Li Hing Mui Margarita


  • Li hing mui powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 fluid ounces fresh lime juice
  • 4 fluid ounces Triple Sec
  • 8 fluid ounces tequila
  • 3 cups ice cubes

Mix equal parts of li hing mui powder with sugar.  Run one lime wedge around edges of margarita glasses to moisten.  Dip glass edges in li hing mui mixture and set aside.  Combine lime juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and ice in belnder and puree until smooth.  Fill prepared glasses.  Garnish with lime and serve.

An alternate method is to combine lime juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and crushed ice in shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds before pouring into rimmed glasses.

Serves 4.

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