Hibiscus Margarita

July 17, 2017 (Last Updated: July 27, 2020)
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A close up of a hibiscus margarita in a short glass

If I could use one word to describe this Hibiscus Margarita it would be refreshing. A few other words would be beautiful, bright, pink, delicious, fruity, and boozy.

overhead view of a hibiscus margarita on a patio table

Dried hibiscus flowers are often used to make herbal hibiscus teas and also for agua fresca, a light non-alcoholic beverage. Hibiscus is also referred to as jamaica, so when purchasing dried hibiscus it may be labeled as such. You can find it online, in Latin American markets, and I myself purchased some at a local spice and tea shop.

packages of dried hibiscus flowers and raspberry sugar

You’ll start by making a hibiscus syrup by soaking the dried hibiscus flowers (which look like little octopuses!) in boiling water and sugar.

dried hibiscus flowers in a black measuring cup

After steeping and straining, I saved a few of the intact rehydrated hibiscus flowers to use as garnish. I just stored them in the syrup until ready to use. They aren’t quite as delightful as hibiscus flowers in syrup, but they are still edible and not unlike chewy fruit leather.

overhead closeup of a hibiscus margarita

The hibiscus margarita itself reminded me a bit of a less tart cranberry juice in flavor. It was not too strong, and like I said earlier incredibly refreshing.

a closeup of a bright pink hibiscus margarita in a glass tumbler

Although a salt rim is traditional for margaritas, in this case I opted to rim my glasses with some raspberry sugar, which I purchased at the same spice and tea shop as the hibiscus. The color matched perfectly, and the flavor helped bring out fruity notes from the drink.

overhead view of a pink hibiscus margarita, a bottle of tequila, and hibiscus syrup
Hibiscus margarita

Hibiscus Margarita (Margarita de Jamaica)

A delicious and refreshing margarita recipe made with dried hibiscus flowers. It's bright, fruity, and perfect for summer!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 to 8 drinks
Calories 233 kcal


Hibiscus Syrup:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup (1 ounce) dried hibiscus flowers (jamaica)
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Single Margarita:

  • 2 ounces hibiscus syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice cubes

Margarita Pitcher:

  • Hibiscus syrup
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tequila
  • Scant 1/2 cup Cointreau or triple sec
  • Scant 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice cubes


  • To make the syrup: Bring water to a boil in a small pot or saucepan. Add the hibiscus flowers and sugar, lower the heat to medium, and simmer steadily until the sugar dissolves and the syrup has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve, and let cool. You may reserve a few of the intact (non-broken) hibiscus flowers to garnish your drinks before discarding the remaining solids. Return the hibiscus flowers for garnish back into the syrup to stay saturated until ready to use. This makes about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of syrup, and keeps up to 1 week in the fridge.
  • To make a single margarita: Combine hibiscus syrup, tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake very well. Strain into an ice-filled glass (rimmed with salt or sugar if desired) and serve immediately.
  • To make a pitcher of margaritas: Combine all of the syrup, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and 2 cups of ice in a pitcher and stir very well, at least 1 minute. It’s important to stir for a full minute so some of the ice dissolves. Pour the mixture into 6 ice-filled glasses (rimmed with salt or sugar if desired) and serve immediately.

Notes & Nutrition

To rim your glasses with salt or sugar, gently rub a lime wedge along the rim of your glass (you can also use a bit of water to wet the rim). Add some salt or sugar (a flavored/colored sugar like raspberry sugar is fantastic with this hibiscus margarita) to a plate and then press the wet rim of the glass against the salt/sugar, carefully rotating the glass until there is an even coating.
Adapted from Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales
Servings 6.0 * calories 233 * Total Fat 0 g * Saturated Fat 0 g * Monounsaturated Fat 0 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 0 mg * Sodium 3 mg * Potassium 1 mg * Total Carbohydrate 22 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 22 g * Protein 0 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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