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Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail

This hibiscus margarita cocktail will transport your taste buds to sun-soaked beaches and swaying palm trees. It is made with a quick and simple hibiscus concentrate and syrup from dried hibiscus flowers, which give this cocktail its vibrant color. Citrusy, sweet, and floral, it is the perfect refreshing spring and summer cocktail.

Spring may only have just sprung, but I’m already channeling those warm summer days! However, here in southern California, it can really heat up and never end…so I should be careful what I wish for!

But whatever the weather, this hibiscus margarita is a must-try! Just looking at it makes you happy! I was first introduced to this vibrant cocktail near our home in southern Baja, Mexico.

Hibiscus juice, on the other hand, is very common in most restaurants but too sweet for me! But then…one hot day after, we took our favorite buggy rides up the coast to our favorite little restaurant out in the middle of nowhere and saw this hibiscus margarita on the menu.

One sip was all it took, and I immediately knew I had to recreate this at home. Luckily, the waitress was very happy to share how they prepare it. It’s the hibiscus concentrate that makes this margarita extra special, and it turns out hibiscus has a host of health benefits, too!

And yes, you can make a mocktail, along with other ways to use hibiscus juice that I share below!

Cheers! 🌸

Ingredient Notes And Substitutions

Hibiscus margarita ingredients

Dried hibiscus flowers ~ unless you have Hispanic markets in your area, the easiest place to find them is online….amazon of course!

Hibiscus concentrate and syrup ~ you will make this with the dried flowers. It takes only a few minutes!

Tequila ~ I suggest using a smooth premium tequila; otherwise, the delicate and floral flavor of the hibiscus will be overcome.

Controy ~ is an orange-flavored liqueur. It is the classic liqueur made for margaritas and has a spicy, fiery character. However, it can sometimes be hard to find, so Cointreau or Triple Sec can be used. I used Cointreau for this recipe.

Lime ~ Fresh squeezed is KEY. No substitutes

Rimming salt ~ if you want to be fancy, you can find rimming salts at your local wine/liquor stores. I used one with ground hibiscus flowers, tajin, lime, and salt.

Rimming salt being added to a cocktail glass

More Refreshing Ways To Enjoy Hibiscus

It’s not just for margaritas! Once you make the hibiscus concentrate and syrup, you can create a variety of delicious drinks!

Hibiscus Tea ~ Simple dilute your desired amount of concentrate with hot or cold water, add your favorite sweetener (or the hibiscus syrup) and enjoy!

Cocktails ~ Elevate your cocktail game by incorporating hibiscus into your favorite mixed drinks. You can add the concentrate or syrup to just about anything! Mojitos’s, vodka, champagne

Hibiscus Infusions ~ infuse hibiscus into oils, vinegar, and dressings to impart its unique flavor into savory dishes!

Hibiscus margarita being poured into a cocktail glass

Crafting The Perfect Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail!

For the hibiscus concentrate

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the dried hibiscus flowers and water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep for about 15 minutes. Drain and discard the flowers. Set aside to cool completely and refrigerate until ready to use

For the hibiscus simple syrup

  1. Add 1/2 cup of the hibiscus concentrate and 1/2 water to the same saucepan and give it a stir. Bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat. Let cool completely, and store in a glass jar until ready to use. Voila! Simple syrup…so simple, right?

To make the hibiscus margarita cocktail

  1. Rim a margarita glass with hibiscus salt by running a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it into the salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes to chill.
  3. Combine tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, and controy (or Cointreau) in a shaker or mason jar. Stir.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared glass over ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or hibiscus flower for an extra touch of elegance.
  6. Cheers!
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Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x

Description

This hibiscus margarita cocktail will transport your taste buds to sun-soaked beaches and swaying palm trees. It is made with a quick and simple hibiscus concentrate and syrup from dried hibiscus flowers, which give this cocktail its vibrant color. Citrusy, sweet, and floral, it is the perfect refreshing spring and summer cocktail.


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the hibiscus margarita cocktail ( adjust any of the ingredients to your taste preference )

  • 2 oz tequila (silver or reposado, depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 ounce hibiscus concentrate
  • 1/2 oz hibiscus syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 controy, or Cointreau. Triple sec can also be used
  • lime, rimming salt, and dried hibiscus flowers for garnish. *See Note Below


Instructions

For the hibiscus concentrate

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the dried hibiscus flowers and water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep for about 15 minutes. Drain and discard the flowers. Set aside to cool completely and refrigerate until ready to use

For the hibiscus simple syrup

  1. Add 1/2 cup of the hibiscus concentrate and 1/2 water to the same saucepan and give it a stir. Bring to a boil, and then turn off heat. Let cool completely, and store in a glass jar until ready to use. Voila! simple syrup…so simple, right?

To make the hibiscus margarita cocktail

  1. Rim a margarita glass with hibiscus salt by running a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it into the salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes to chill.
  3. Combine tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, and controy (or Cointreau) in a shaker or mason jar. Stir.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared glass over ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or hibiscus flower for an extra touch of elegance.
  6. Cheers!

Notes

* Salt rim ideas. Check your local wine/liquor stores for the premade rimming salts!

  • For a fancy option, use crushed dried hibiscus flowers, dried lime zest, salt, and tajin
  • Or keep it simple with salt and tajin
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: no cook
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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