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Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas
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Perfect Hibiscus Margaritas

Delicious and refreshing bright red margaritas. Make with dried hibiscus (jamaica) flowers. Use 3 tablespoon tequila or 4 for a stronger drink. The syrup recipe makes 1 1/2 cups syrup, enough for 12 margaritas.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: hibiscus, margaritas, tequila
Servings: 1 margarita
Calories: 286kcal


Hibiscus syrup:

  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers, (flor de jamaica)
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/3 cup honey, organic cane sugar, or agave syrup

For each hibiscus margarita:

  • 2 tablespoons hibiscus syrup
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 100% agave tequila, gold or silver
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • Sliced lime


Make the syrup:

  • 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. Taste, adding more sweetener, to your taste. Chill.

For each hibiscus margarita:

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 9mg