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Easy to make, this Hibiscus Margarita is made from Hibiscus simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila. Perfectly sweet, tart, and a beautiful dark pink color, this cocktail is the perfect pairing with your favorite Mexican or Tex Mex meal.
Why We Love This Recipe
Margaritas are one of my favorite cocktails. And this Hibiscus Margarita is not only refreshing and delicious, it’s also beautiful! If you love beautiful margaritas, you don’t want to miss our Cranberry Margarita, Lemon Margarita and Apple Cider Margaritas.
- Color: thanks to using real hibiscus to create the syrup these drinks have a deep, gorgeous pink coloring that is completely natural.
- Flavor: combining tart and floral hibiscus with tangy lime juice and sugar to balance it all gives you a complex but refreshing drink.
- Ease: after preparing the hibiscus simple syrup (which keeps in the refrigerator for up to a month!) these margaritas come together with a simple measure and shake. Making them a great drink option for parties or gatherings.
- Hibiscus: these are dried flower petals, they can be found at Mexican markets, tea shops, or online.
- Triple Sec: an orange flavored liqueur.
- Tequila: use a blanco or resposado.
- Lime: fresh lime juice is always best for drinks, artificial juice contains other ingredients and sweetness.
The Best Tequila for Margaritas
Use a Blanco or silver tequilas when making a margarita. Reposados can also be a mildly flavored option since they are briefly aged (under a year). Avoid anejo tequila since it has been aged over a year and has a strong flavor which can be too much competition in a margarita. My favorite tequila to use is 3 Amigos Organic Blanco Tequila.
How to Make a Hibiscus Margarita
First, prepare the Hibiscus Syrup. Bring water to a simmer with sugar until it dissolves, then add the dried hibiscus to steep.
Then, mix the sugar with lime zest to make a sweet, and tangy treat for the rim of the glass.
Add ice to a cocktail shaker and add the tequila, orange liqueur, and hibiscus syrup. Shake to combine.
Rub a lime along the edge of the glass, dip into the lime zest sugar, add ice to the glass and then fill with the mixed margarita. Serve and enjoy immediately!
- Prepare the Hibiscus Simple Syrup ahead of time. Store in a sealed container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- Be aware that hibiscus can and will stain. When preparing the syrup and using it in your kitchen be careful of your counter if they are porous. Pour and strain in the sink to avoid staining the counter. And use a stainless steel spoon to stir since wood will stain.
- Use fresh lime juice when making margaritas.
Drinks are typically made with dried hibiscus flower petals. They are steeped in water to create a hibiscus tea, or a refreshing Mexican drink called Agua de Jamaica.
Hibiscus has a flavor that is tart, similar to cranberries.
What to Serve Hibiscus Margaritas with
- Rim Options: If you want a bit of spice with each sip you can use this Chamoy Rim Dip and sprinkle with tajin. The chamoy is made with a combination of dried fruit, Chile, and hibiscus so the flavors will be complementary!
- Tacos: Margaritas are always a hit when served with tacos. Some of our favorites on the site include: Birria Tacos, Best Ground Beef Tacos, Potato Tacos, Crispy Black Bean Tacos, Healthy Cod Fish Tacos.
- Fajitas: Another classic Tex Mex meal! Serve these cold and flavorful Hibiscus Margaritas with some sizzling Steak Fajitas, or a lighter version of Chicken Fajitas.
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Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup water
Lime Zest Sugar
- ¼ cup white granulated sugar
- lime zest from 1 lime
- 3 ounces tequila reposada
- 2 ounce triple sec
- 2 ounces hibiscus simple syrup
- 1 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- Prepare the Hibiscus simple syrup: Pour the water into a medium size saucepan, add the sugar. Stir to combine.
- Heat over medium heat while stirring. Bring to a boil, add in the hibiscus. Stir using a metal spoon. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.
- Allow this mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass container. Discard the dried flowers.
- Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Combine the lime zest with the sugar using your fingers.
- Add ice into a cocktail shaker, pour in the tequila, triple sec, hibiscus syrup and lime juice. Shake to combine.
- Prepare the glasses by running a lime on the edge, then dipping into the lime zest sugar.
- Fill the glasses 2/3 with crushed ice.
- Pour the margarita mix into the glasses over the ice.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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