How To Make A Hibiscus Margarita?

A Hibiscus Margarita is a vibrant and refreshing cocktail that infuses the classic margarita with the unique flavors of hibiscus tea, offering a delightful combination of floral and citrus notes, resulting in a visually stunning and flavorful drink.

A Hibiscus Margarita is a cocktail that combines the tangy and zesty elements of a classic margarita with the infusion of hibiscus tea. This results in a vibrant, deep red drink with a unique floral and citrus flavor profile, making it a delightful and visually appealing choice for those seeking a refreshing twist on a traditional cocktail.

History of Hibiscus Margarita

The history of the Hibiscus Margarita is as colorful as the cocktail itself. One popular account traces its origins back to 1938 when Carlos Danny Herrera  a skilled mixologist at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, concocted this innovative drink. 

The story goes that he crafted it for a customer with a unique request someone allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, yet craving a more enjoyable and sophisticated option than a simple tequila shot. This creative twist on a classic has since become a beloved and refreshing choice for cocktail enthusiasts worldwide.

Ingredients for making Hibiscus Margarita

The key ingredients for crafting a delicious Hibiscus Margarita include dried hibiscus flowers (jamaica), water, and granulated sugar to prepare the hibiscus syrup. To make a single Hibiscus Margarita, you’ll also need tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, and ice cubes for that perfect blend of floral and citrus flavors with a refreshing twist.

Water2 cups
Dried Hibiscus Flowers (jamaica)1 cup (1 ¼ ounces / 35 grams)
Granulated Sugar½ cup
Single Margarita:
Homemade Hibiscus Syrup2 ounces
Tequila1 ½ ounces
Cointreau or Triple Sec½ ounce
Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice½ ounce
Ice CubesAs needed

This table provides a clear and organized overview of the ingredients and quantities for making both the hibiscus syrup and a single Hibiscus Margarita.

Making steps of  Hibiscus Margarita

making steps of hibiscus margarita

Prepare the Hibiscus Syrup

In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of water and 1 cup (1 ¼ ounces / 35 grams) of dried hibiscus flowers (jamaica). Add ½ cup of granulated sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a container and allow it to cool. This syrup will be used as a key ingredient in the margarita.

Mixing the Margarita

In a shaker filled with ice cubes, combine 2 ounces of the homemade hibiscus syrup. Add 1 ½ ounces of tequila for a kick of alcohol. Include ½ ounce of Cointreau or triple sec for a sweet and citrusy touch. Squeeze the juice of ½ ounce of fresh limes into the shaker. Shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled and thoroughly mixed.

Serving the Hibiscus Margarita

Rim a margarita glass with salt, if desired, for an added touch of flavor. Strain the margarita mixture into the prepared glass, filled with ice. Garnish with lime slices or other preferred garnishes for a visually appealing finish.


Sip and savor your homemade Hibiscus Margarita responsibly. Enjoying the unique blend of hibiscus, citrus, and tequila flavors in Applebee’s Perfect Margarita.

4 health benefits of Hibiscus Margarita

Hibiscus Margarita is a delightful cocktail, it’s important to note that its health benefits are primarily associated with its key ingredient, hibiscus, rather than the cocktail itself. Here are four health benefits of hibiscus tea, which is used in a Hibiscus Margarita.

Rich in Antioxidants: Hibiscus tea is packed with antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. These antioxidants may support overall health and well-being.

Lowers Blood Pressure: Hibiscus tea has been shown to have a mild blood pressure-lowering effect. Regular consumption may contribute to better cardiovascular health and reduced hypertension risk.

Weight Management: Some studies suggest that hibiscus tea may aid in weight management by inhibiting the absorption of dietary carbohydrates. It could be a helpful addition to a balanced diet and exercise routine.

Liver Health: Hibiscus tea may have a protective effect on the liver, promoting its health and helping it function optimally. This can contribute to better overall health and digestion.

Nutrients in  Hibiscus margarita

Hibiscus Syrup (per 2-ounce serving)

  • Tequila (per 1.5-ounce serving): Calories contains 96 calories. Alcohol Contains alcohol, typically around 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).
  • Cointreau or Triple Sec (per 0.5-ounce serving): Calories: can containes 75 calories. Carbohydrates: Contains sugar, which contributes to the calorie count.
  • Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (per 0.5-ounce serving): Calories: Approximately 8 calories. Vitamin C: Provides a source of vitamin C.


Can I make a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can absolutely make a non-alcoholic version of a Hibiscus Margarita

What are the flavor notes of a Hibiscus Margarita?

It has a unique blend of floral hibiscus, citrus, and tequila flavors.

Can I make a batch for a party?

Yes, scale up the ingredients for a pitcher or batch of Margaritas.

How many calories are in a Hibiscus Margarita?

Caloric content varies depending on sugar and alcohol amounts used.

Is it suitable for warm-weather occasions?

Yes, the Hibiscus Margarita is perfect for sipping on sunny days or at festive gatherings.


This delightful cocktail brings forth a visually striking and refreshingly unique drinking experience. The homemade hibiscus syrup, crafted from dried hibiscus flowers and sugar, infuses the margarita with its deep, alluring hue and a floral sweetness that balances the citrus tang of lime juice. Tequila and Cointreau provide the essential alcoholic punch freshly squeezed lime juice imparts a zesty brightness.

Served over ice and garnished with lime, this Hibiscus Margarita is an exquisite treat for the senses. It’s not just a drink; it’s a vibrant work of mixology art. It’s important to enjoy it responsibly, as the alcoholic content can vary depending on your choice of tequila. 

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