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Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas

Aren’t these hibiscus margaritas gorgeous? Wait till you sip one. Tart with lime juice, with 100% agave tequila and a dash of orange liqueur. It’s the color that really gets you saying WOW–and the flavor that comes with the color–a syrup made with dried hibiscus blossoms.
Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas | Letty's Kitchen

First make a batch of hibiscus syrup. Not only for hibiscus margaritas, also to flavor sparkling water for Italian sodas.

To create a new margarita recipe requires tasting and testing. Fortunately, we were in Baja Mexico, with an excuse to try out pink margaritas–Valentine’s Day and a full moon. To watch the full moon’s brilliant evening rise out of the Sea of Cortez, we took the party to the beach.

From an ice chest with all the necessary ingredients, I mixed trial samples for everyone. Hibiscus flowers in Spanish are flor de jamaica (floor-day-hu-mike-a), so we call them jamaicaritas! Needless to say, we all loved our crimson jamaicarita cocktails!

dried hibiscus flowers for Hibiscus Margaritas

Hibiscus drinks, con o sin (with or without) alcohol, begin with “tea” made with dried hibiscus blossoms. To make the tea, pour boiling water over the dried blossom, and set aside to steep and plump. Strain off the flowers.

Hibiscus brews are fruity, with an acidic edge, indicating ample Vitamin C on board. Stir a sweetener–honey or sugar or agave syrup–for a vivid royal plum-red simple syrup. You’re ready for cocktails. When I get to Mexico each December I mix up a batch of syrup so it’s ready when I’m thirsty. The syrup is a much-appreciated gift.

Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger herbal tea lists hibiscus as the first ingredient. If you enjoy Red Zinger tea, you’ll like hibiscus. In Mexico, if you see a red refreshment at taquerias or street corner stands, try it. It’s called agua de jamaica. Often it’s too sweet for my taste, so ask for a sample before you order a glass. Agua de jamaica inspired these hibiscus margaritas.

Look for  flor de jamaica in Latino grocers. They are deep dark purple dried flowers, usually sold in see-through bags. You can also buy organic hibiscus blossoms online.

hibiscus flower in bloom for Hibiscus Margaritas

Celebrate National Margarita Day. Drink hibiscus margaritas–“jamaicaritas.” Viva flor de jamaica!

Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas recipe notes:

  • A tablespoon or two of hibiscus syrup in a glass of ice, 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 the hibiscus syrup with water, to taste. Start with 1 cup water to 1/4 cup hibiscus syrup.
  • Mexican “key” limes, smaller and more yellow in color, are perfect for margaritas. If you can find them, use them.

Wishing you a fabulous week. Get thee to the kitchen and brew up some hibiscus!

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Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas
Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Delicious and refreshing bright red margaritas. Make with dried hibiscus (jamaica) flowers, the same flower used in Red Zinger tea. Syrup recipe makes 1 1/2 cups syrup, enough for 12 margaritas.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cocktails, margaritas, tequila, drinks, hibiscus
Servings: 2 margaritas
Author: Letty | Letty's Kitchen
Hibiscus syrup:
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers, flor de jamaica
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey, organic cane sugar, or agave syrup
For each hibiscus margarita:
  • 2 tablespoons hibiscus syrup
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons 100% agave tequila, gold or silver
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • Sliced lime
Make the syrup:
  1. Pour the boiling water over the flowers. Cover and let steep ½ hour or more. Strain this infusion into a saucepan, discarding the flowers. Stir in the honey or sugar and heat just enough to dissolve the sweetener into syrup. Chill.
For each hibiscus margarita:
  1. Fill a margarita glass with ice cubes. Add the syrup, lime jice, tequila and orange liqueur. Stir. Garnish with a slice of lime. Alternatively, make up a batch following the same ratio. Pour a scant ½ cup over ice.
  2. Do you like salt on your rim? Run a wedge of lime around the edge and dip the glass upside down into a plate of coarse salt.

Recipe Notes

For an elegant sober cocktail or an impressive mid-afternoon thirst-quencher. stir one or two tablespoons of hibiscus syrup in a glass with ice and cold sparkling water. To make agua de jamaica you will want to seriously dilute the hibiscus syrup with even more water. Start with 6 cups water to 2 tablespoons of syrup. Mexican “key” limes, smaller and more yellow in color, are perfect for margaritas. If you can get them, use them.


  • 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

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