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Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas

Aren’t these hibiscus margaritas gorgeous? Wait till you sip one. With 100% agave tequila, lime juice and a dash of orange liqueur, it’s the color that really says WOW–and the sour-sweet flavor that comes with the crimson color!
Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas in colorful Mexican cocktail glasses | Letty's Kitchen

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That gorgeous red color comes from hibiscus flowers. Actually a syrup made with the dried hibiscus blossoms.

To make hibiscus margaritas, first make a batch of the syrup. All you do is steep the flowers in boiling water for about 1/2 hour. Then strain and stir in honey or sugar to dissolve. Ta da!

Hibiscus brews are fruity, with an acidic edge, indicating ample Vitamin C on board. With the vivid royal plum-red simple syrup on hand, you’re ready for cocktails.

You might see hibiscus margaritas on a cocktail menu called jamaicaritas. In the Spanish language, hibiscus flowers are flor de jamaica (floor-day-hu-mike-a).

The vivid red refreshment at taquerias or Mexican street corner stands is agua de jamaica. Often it’s too sweet for my taste, so I ask for a sample before ordering a glass. If I find it overly sweet, I order a mineral water and mix some into the agua de jamaica, half and half.

dried hibiscus flowers for Hibiscus Margaritas

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About hibiscus flowers:

  • Dried hibiscus flowers, flor de jamaica, are a deep dark purple color. Sometimes I buy them in Latino grocery stores, but the best quality are the organic dried hibiscus flowers sold in natural food stores or online.
  • You can buy the dried flowers either cut and sifted, or the whole dried petals. (Affiliate links.) I’ve tried both, and in the end, I think you get more yield from the cut and sifted ones.

We keep hibiscus syrup in the fridge so it’s easy to make hibiscus margaritas when we want. Not only margaritas though, a shot of hibiscus syrup in sparkling water is basically a non-alcohol Italian soda! A mocktail. Here’s my recipe for Hibiscus Sparkling Soda Spritzers.

Make it easy: If you don’t want to bother with the flowers, you can use hibiscus tea. (Affiliate link.) Make a strong tea–like 4 bags to a cup of boiling water–and sweeten to taste with honey or sugar, just like you would with the flowers.

Gift idea: Hibiscus syrup in a jar with a bow, along with a bottle of tequila will be much appreciated!

hibiscus flower in bloom not dried

Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas recipe notes:

  • Make Hibiscus Sparkling Soda Spritzers with the syrup. 2 tablespoons of this hibiscus syrup poured over a glass filled with ice and topped with cold sparkling water makes an impressive mid-afternoon thirst-quencher. Think Italian sodas.
  • To make red agua fresca, or agua de jamaica, dilute hibiscus syrup with water. Start with 1 cup water to 1/3 cup hibiscus syrup, adding more syrup to your taste.
  • Mexican “key” limes, smaller and more yellow in color, are perfect for margaritas. If you can find them, use them.

Make it a fabulous week. Get thee to the kitchen and brew up some hibiscus. For margaritas or mocktail spritzers!


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14 comments

  • I like the Wild Hibiscus syrup and tea. Have you tried those? GREG Reply · 21 February, 2014

    • Letty

      Greg, I checked them out. Thanks for introducing me to this product. Wow. Classy.
      There are recipes for hibiscus kombucha out there. Might get me to drink the fermentation. Reply · 21 February, 2014

  • Steve Harty

    Sounds like INTERnational Margarita day! I have my supplies ready and look forward to celebrating with the Jamaicaritas! we will toast you and Robbie. Reply · 21 February, 2014

    • Letty

      And we will clink the margaritas inter-nationally!
      Hope the macaron cake is perfect. Send photos. Reply · 21 February, 2014

  • Yum! Reply · 22 February, 2014

  • bobbye

    This is exactly what i need, Thanks! Reply · 22 February, 2014

  • Letty, This is a fantastic recipe. Both my husband and I love agua de jamaica and I know we’d your margaritas. Your flan makes me want to like the screen.:) Reply · 22 February, 2014

  • Letty, your margaritas look fantastic! Both hubby and I love agua de jamaica and would really enjoy your margaritas too. Your link to the flan made me want to lick the screen.:) Reply · 22 February, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Nancy,
      THese margaritas got me on the dance floor last night. I prefer to start with a light jamaica caramel in the bottom of the mold instead of the sauce on the side. Reply · 23 February, 2014

  • Nigel

    Glad we could be there for the Moonrise Hibiscus Margarita Test Mixing. Karen and I are really enjoying your web site. Hope all is well in the Baja! Have a great Winter!!! Reply · 7 March, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Nigel. Nice to hear from you. I almost posted a photo of Bryn in front of the moon but it was grainy when blown up for the website. Reply · 7 March, 2014

  • […] a frosty cerveza. Or a fruity hibiscus margarita. Imagine you just wandered the markets of Oaxaca. Whirl up this easy-to-make delicious garbanzo […] Reply · 16 January, 2015

  • I love the idea of putting hibiscus in a margarita! That sounds so delicious and refreshing 🙂 Reply · 15 October, 2019

    • Thank you. It’s the cocktail of choice at our house. So grateful my hubby has learned to make the concentrate because he uses a lot of hibiscus syrup! Not just in margaritas but in his daily mocktail spritzer. Reply · 16 October, 2019

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