The Best Hibiscus Margarita Recipe

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This hibiscus margarita recipe is a lovely twist on the classic margarita cocktail! This cocktail will be a hit at parties with its vivid pink hue and tangy taste. Plus, it’s simple to make, with only four ingredients.

Originating from a rich cocktail culture, the margarita has always been one of my favorite cocktails. I love experimenting with different flavors and variations of this classic cocktail.

This variation has quickly become a staple in my cocktail-making arsenal. I love serving this cocktail to my guests because it always has a wow factor and is incredibly easy to make. Another hibiscus cocktail I make is my gin sour; it’s so good!

The hibiscus adaptation fits seamlessly within the family of refreshing cocktails, providing a unique twist with its lemony tang. It’s an excellent option for anyone exploring tequila cocktail variations.

Also, check out my pink cocktails and more tequila cocktails

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavor: The hibiscus adds a tart and fruity flavor to the margarita.
  • Natural Color: This drink’s vibrant pink hue is all-natural, making it visually appealing and stand out in any setting.
  • Easy to make: With just four ingredients, this cocktail is simple and accessible for anyone to make at home.
Vibrant pink hibiscus margarita on a table with limes and dried hibiscus flowers.

Hibiscus Margarita 

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Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

The choice of ingredients directly impacts the quality and flavor of your margaritas:

Tequila: Opt for blanco or silver tequila, which has sweet and peppery notes that complement the tartness of hibiscus. You can use that if you only have gold tequila on hand. 

Fresh Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is crucial for the best flavor; do not substitute with bottled juice.

Cointreau or Grand Marnier: This orange liqueur adds a sweet citrus depth, essential for balancing the drink’s tart components.

Dried Hibiscus Flowers: Also known as “jamaica” in Spanish, they are essential for creating the hibiscus margarita’s vibrant color and tart flavor. You can easily purchase these dried hibiscus flowers online, at Latin American markets, and even at tea shops.

Hibiscus Simple Syrup: Made from dried hibiscus flowers, this homemade syrup imparts a striking pink hue and a floral note to the margarita.

Margarita Salt: Use coarse margarita salt for rimming the glass, adding texture, and enhancing the overall sip experience.

Homemade Hibiscus Syrup

This simple hibiscus syrup elevates the cocktail and gives it a deeper flavor and beautiful coloring. The best part is that it’s just three ingredients simmering for a few minutes, and you have a delicious flavored syrup perfect for cocktails! I use this syrup to make a hibiscus mojito, too.

Hibiscus simple syrup in a glass bottle.

Expert Tips and Recipe Variations

  • Shake with ice for 20 seconds to properly dilute.
  • Make a mocktail version, by omitting the tequila and Triple Sec and replacing them with a zero-proof tequila and orange juice. 
  • Crushed hibiscus flowers around the rim, mixed with salt, add a unique touch.
  • Make this drink by mixing the ingredients and storing them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, shake with ice and pour into glasses.
  • Incorporate elements like sparkling water for effervescence, or garnish with mint, orange peels, or berries for added flavor depth.
Pink margarita with lime slice and salted rim.

How to Rim a Glass with Salt

  1. Take a small plate or saucer and spread a layer of coarse salt across it.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the glass’s edge, ensuring moisture covers the entire rim.
  3. Invert the glass and press the rim into the salt.
  4. Rotate the glass gently to coat the rim evenly.
  5. Lift the glass and shake lightly to discard excess salt.

Serving Recommendations 

  • Taco Tuesdays or during happy hour for a vibrant twist.
  • Birthday parties, infusing a splash of color and flavor.
  • Summer pool gatherings complement the sunny vibe.
  • Cinco de Mayo celebrations pair beautifully with festive fare.

This drink would pair well with a taco salad or Mexican fruit plate.

Pink cocktail with lime and a slated rim.

More Margarita Recipes

Honeydew Margarita: Refreshingly sweet with a melon flavor. 

Sparkling Margarita: Bubbly and invigorating for a lively sip. 

Margarita Mocktail: Non-alcoholic yet full of flavor. 

Frozen Mango Margarita: Tropical mangoes blended to perfection. 

Golden Margarita: Rich and smooth, with a hint of sweetness. 

Cucumber Mint Margarita: A spa-like cocktail with cucumber.

Cranberry Margarita: Beautiful color and perfect for the holidays.

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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: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Notes

Add more or less simple syrup to the cocktail, depending on how sweet you like it. 
Make sure to shake for 20 seconds with ice. 
 

Nutrition

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What flavors go well with hibiscus?

Hibiscus has a unique tartness that pairs well with a variety of flavors:
Citrus Fruits: Lemon, lime, and orange create a refreshing blend.
Berries: Raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry add natural sweetness.
Tropical Fruits: Mango, pineapple, and passion fruit enhance the floral notes.
Herbs: Mint, basil, and thyme introduce a fresh dimension.
Spices: Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom offer warmth and complexity.
Sweeteners: Honey, agave, and maple syrup balance the tartness with sweetness.
In beverages like margaritas, adding triple sec or Cointreau enhances the drink’s citrus profile while adding a touch of sweetness.

Where can I buy dried hibiscus flowers?

Dried hibiscus flowers are readily available and can be purchased from:
Online Retailers Amazon, Thrive Market, Mountain Rose Herbs
Health Food Stores Local and chain stores focusing on natural products
Specialty Food Stores Stores offering a range of gourmet ingredients
Farmers’ Markets: Check local market schedules and vendor lists
Tea Shops: Both local and online tea-specialized stores

How does a hibiscus margarita differ in taste from traditional margaritas?

A hibiscus margarita has a unique flavor profile compared to traditional margaritas:
It offers a tart and fruity taste from the hibiscus, contrasting the lime juice.
The hibiscus provides a floral note that is not present in classic margaritas.

Hibiscus margarita with lime slice and a title.

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