Hibiscus Margarita Recipe

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This hibiscus margarita recipe is a lovely twist on the classic margarita cocktail and boy does it pop! With its rich color and lovely tangy taste, this cocktail will be a hit at parties. Plus it’s pretty darn simple to make, with only 4 ingredients!

Also check out more pink cocktails, our best margarita recipes and more tequila cocktails!

Hibiscus margarita recipe.

Aside from the beloved go-to Moscow mule, you really can never go wrong with a classic margarita! And boy do we drink a good amount of margaritas here in Cali!

For this Hibiscus Margarita recipe, we’re switching things up by adding a homemade hibiscus simple syrup to the mix!

Hibiscus margaritas are fairly close to traditional margaritas. However, the hibiscus gives the drink a nice lemony tart, cranberry-like flavor and makes the color pop. If you love a good, vibrant pink cocktail check out our easy sea breeze cocktail recipe too.

We also make a really delicious hibiscus gin sour you have to try!

The best hibiscus margarita.

How To Make This Hibiscus Margarita Recipe

We’ll share everything you need to know for making this margarita, answer frequently asked questions, and share our expert tips. If you prefer to skip to the recipe, just scroll to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe, measurements and directions.

Ingredient Notes

  • Tequila – Look for a blanco or silver tequila – this type of tequila will have a slightly sweet and peppery flavor that complements the tartness of the hibiscus. Look for good brands like Don Julio or Casamigos for best results.
  • Lime juice – Always use freshly squeezed lime juice when making margaritas.
  • Cointreau – adds a citrusy sweetness and depth of flavor to the cocktail, and helps balance out the tartness of other ingredients like lime juice and hibiscus.
  • Hibiscus Simple Syrup – We made homemade syrup using dried hibiscus flowers. It gives the cocktail the most gorgeous pink color.
  • Margarita Salt – This is used if you want to add a salt rim to the glass. f

3 Steps to Making a Margarita

  • Shake all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice for at least 20 seconds.
  • Strain into a salted-rimmed glass, over a large ice cube.
  • Garnish with a lime slice. We added some crushed hibiscus flowers to the salt for the rim.

Hibiscus Simple Syrup

This hibiscus simple syrup really elevates the cocktail and gives it a deeper flavor and beautiful coloring.

The best part is that it’s just 3 ingredients simmering for a few minutes and you have a delicious flavored syrup perfect for cocktails!

You can buy dried hibiscus flowers here.

Check out our full guide to making simple syrup!

Hibiscus simple syrup.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure you shake the cocktail for at least 20 seconds with ice to dilute the ingredients.
  • Add more or less sweetener as you like.
  • Add dried, crushed hibiscus flowers to the rimming salt.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime.

If you want this drink to be super pink, make pink ice cubes too!

Best Tequila for Margaritas

Here are a few of our favorite tequilas. You can purchase these at any beverage store and at most grocery stores. Similarly, they’re all affordable and of good quality.

Casamigos Blanco Tequila – Crisp with hints of vanilla. It’s a very good tequila to sip too.

Cazodores Tequila Reposado

Espolòn Reposada Tequila Blanco or Gold

Hornitos Reposado Tequila 

El Destilador Silver Tequila – Very affordable

Pink margarita with lime slice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does Hibiscus Taste Like?

Hibiscus is a herbal heavyweight. In addition, when the dried petals are steeped in hot (or cold) water, they release a tart, almost cranberry-like flavor and a deep red-violet color that looks more like a cabernet than chamomile.

Can you substitute triple sec for Cointreau in a margarita?

Yes, you can substitute triple sec for Cointreau in a margarita. It will change the overall flavor of the drink, but it’s not enough to make a huge difference. Triple sec or Grand Marnier are the best substitutions for Cointreau.

Why does a margarita need triple sec?

Triple sec is a type of orange liqueur that helps to give margaritas their signature flavor and balance. It adds complexity to the drink and can make it more refreshing. The triple sec also provides sweetness and alcohol, helping to round out the drink overall.

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Yellow Grapefruit 

Honeydew Margarita

Sparkling Margarita Recipe

Margarita Mocktail

Frozen Mango Margaritas

Golden Margarita

When to Serve a Hibiscus Margarita

This cocktail is perfect for many occasions and the color makes it great for themed parties too. Here are some ideas on when to serve a hibiscus margarita:

Taco Tuesdays or Happy Hour

Birthday Party or Summer Pool Party

Carnival Party or Outdoor Movie Night

Tropical Party or Cinco de Mayo

Pink cocktail with lime and a slated rim.

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Hibiscus Margarita recipe

Hibiscus Margarita Recipe

You will love this pretty pink cocktail!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Eden


Hibiscus Margarita Recipe

  • 2 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce hibiscus simple syrup, recipe below
  • margarita salt for the rim

Hibiscus simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers


Hibiscus Margarita Recipe

  • Shake all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice for at least 20 seconds.
  • Strain into a salted-rimmed glass, over a large ice cube.
  • Garnish with a lime slice. We added some crushed hibiscus flowers to the salt for the rim.


Add more or less simple syrup to the cocktail depending on sweet you like it. 


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 46mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Iron: 1mg
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