This hibiscus margarita is not only tantalizing to drink but gorgeous to look at. Made with a simple syrup flavored with dried hibiscus flowers (or jamaica), this cocktail will wow your guests and your taste buds!
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Years ago, to celebrate a month of transitions and new beginnings, my friends threw a backyard barbecue, kicking off the festivities with this unique and satisfying hibiscus margarita made with dried hibiscus flowers. The color is just entrancing and I, of course, gave our hosts the third degree about what was in it and how it was prepared.
The vibrant hue is from dried hibiscus flowers (check your local Mexican market to find them), which are then cooked with water and sugar to create the base juice for this beautiful berry-like drink.
As an added bonus, hibiscus (jamaica in Spanish – the J is silent) has natural curative powers including supporting upper respiratory health and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. A quick Google search will yield many articles about these healing properties – feel free to draw your own conclusions.
What struck me about the hibiscus was it’s deep, dark, rich berry-like color and the tangy sweet and sour element it added to the drink. The fact that the hibiscus might actually be good for me was just a happy bonus.
The original recipe for the drink is from Cooking Light . Our hosts did a fabulous job preparing and serving it.
Here’s to many lazy luscious days of summer for all of us.
Photos by Gregory Lee on his Canon T5i except for the pic of his graduation cake.
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Hibiscus Margarita RecipeBeth Lee
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 2 cups boiling water
Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- 1 ½ cups hibiscus base
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons tequila
- 2 tablespoons hibiscus syrup
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Cointreau or other citrus liqueur
- Pour boiling water over the hibiscus flowers. Let steep ½ hour and then strain.Yields 1.5 cups hibiscus liquid.
- Bring hibiscus base and sugar to a boil over medium heat just until sugar dissolves.
- Turn off heat, cover and let cool down. Strain into a storage jar. Should yield 1 ¾ cup.
- Prepare your glass with salt on the rim (if using) and fill with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and orange liqueur. Shake well and pour over ice filled, salt-rimmed glass and serve.
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you had me at margarita.... YUM!!
new from SITS! Nice to 'meet' you.
Nice to meet you too Laura!Loving this SITSSummer - have already met so many great people. If you like margaritas, definitely give this a try. Really refreshing and fun to drink.
Carrie @ poet in the pantry
Cheers to so many life transitions at once--looks like you're doing it with grace and style! What a fabulous drink, too. I've also seen hibiscus flowers in a jar at Fresh Market, if that helps anyone else with sourcing them...
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Thanks for a great tip Carrie. So nice to meet you. #SITSSummer has been so fun. Great to meet so many new blogs and faces.
This looks really cool!
I love your blog!! So glad I found you through SITSSummer 🙂
I am so glad you found me too :-). Heading over to see what Modern Gypsy is all about! Come back and share some yummy moments with me ok?
Dried jamaica is sold in bulk at my favorite fruit stand, yet I have never tried it! I adore the bold color and spicy taste of of your celebratory margarita! Toasting you to a fantastic summer of change!
thanks Deb - I bet you would love it - a very interesting ingredient to experiment with!
Mazel tov on so many important milestones!
You too! You must be so proud of your Bug!
Cheers to you and your family, Beth! It is indeed a festive time of celebrating. What a wonderful cocktail to kick off summer, too. I can't wait to try it! Love the pretty pic of you looking so happy and relaxed. I'm clinking my glass to you and Gregory!
And right back at you - you must be so proud of Sam. So many emotions at this stage. Truly looking forward to our chance to toast each other in person! Soon I hope.
What a gorgeous cocktail!
Thanks Liz - it really is - I was so taken by it - flavor and visual.
So much to celebrate, congratulations to @gregorytlee -- and of course as the party continues wishing you more birthday wishes! And it looks like a fabulous margarita to transition us all into the summer. Cheers Beth!
Thanks Orly - I think I might have to make a pitcher the next time I make it to CookUp!