A pink and tropical take on the classic margarita. This Hibiscus Margarita Recipe takes on a sweet floral yet also tart flavor! A perfect refreshing drink thanks to the popular herbal hibiscus tea!
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The Best Hibiscus Tea Margarita
When I find a flavor I love I have a hard time leaving it alone. Exhibit A, these amazing Hibiscus Margaritas.
I also have shared my Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler on the blog, so if you are here because you also share a love of hibiscus tea or if you are looking for an awesome low-calorie non-alcoholic drink for summer go check that out!
I first fell in love with hibiscus years and years ago when it started getting big at coffee shops like Starbucks as their seasonal summer drinks. Since then especially if the weather is warm an Iced Hibiscus Tea is a go-to drink for me.
I have even started buying it in bulk! I will get a whole pound of it off Amazon at a time! While you certainly don’t have to get crazy about it like me I definitely recommend getting some and then putting it into a margarita!
It is a perfect paring! Hibiscus tea brings a sweet floral note to the margarita that pairs so perfectly with the tangy/tart flavor a classic margarita usually has.
So when I set about making this margarita it didn’t overthink it too much. This is essentially a classic margarita with hibiscus tea, keeping it simple and easy to make but with such a fun twist…
Speaking of fun have we even mentioned the color yet?!?!? IT IS FABULOUS!!!
To be fair I am a huge sucker for the color pink but I would literally paint my house this color if my husband would let me!
Jokes aside if you are hosting a fun party, like a mom’s night, a summer bridal shower, or cinco de mayo this is such a fun margarita to make a show off! (I have even given batch measurements in the notes in the recipe card to help you with that)
So what do you need to make this delicious drink? Let’s Look.
How to make Hibiscus Margaritas! (and hibiscus tea)
To make a good hibiscus margarita you will need to make hibiscus tea.
Like I said before I bulk buy my hibiscus tea, I use Frontier Co-op off of Amazon:
But no fret you don’t have to buy a 16oz bag! You can also use hibiscus tea found in tea bags like Luzianne Iced Hibiscus Tea or you can use can even use a blend like the Tazo Passion which I have seen at a lot of grocery stores.
I prefer making it cold brewed. To make it cold brewed hibiscus tea is really easy you will just need:
1.5 teaspoons hibiscus tea + 1 cup water
I add it to a jar or bottle with a lid, give it a shake and let it brew in the fridge overnight. (I usually double that and make 2 cups at a time).
The next morning I use a mesh strainer to remove the hibiscus from the tea. It is that easy.
You can also make it warm, brewing it like a typical herbal tea and then cool it down in the fridge. Just make sure since this is a herbal tea you will want to brew it strong, meaning let the tea brew for upwards up 15 minutes.
Now once you have the hibiscus tea all made the margaritas come together super fast!
You will need the remaining ingredients which are the typical classic margarita ingredients:
- Limes/Lime Juice
- Cointreau or any orange liqueur
- Blanco Tequila
- & Garnishes: sea salt for rim, limes for slicing, and if you want a sweeter drink some agave nectar or simple syrup
Now for the tequila I recommend using blanco/silver tequila. My favorite brand at the moment, Casamigos.
If you want to salt the rim of your glass sprinkle sea salt onto a small plate. Either run a lime slice along the rim of the serving glass or lightly dip the glass rim into agave nectar, place the coated rim into the salt and swirl around to coat. Then add ice to you glass!
Now to make your drink!
- Combine all of your ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful ice.
- Shake, shake, shake until cold about 15 to 30 seconds. Strain into a salt-rimmed (optional) glass over ice. Garnish with a lime slice.
For a sweeter drink I suggest adding 0.5 oz of agave nectar or simple syrup, I personally do not care for it sweetened but I know some people do!
Since the measurements for this drink are pretty straightforward it is easy to scale for 1 or 2 drinks depending on what you want!
I hope you enjoy this drink as much as I do!
And if you are looking for more fun beverages check these out:
Recipes to pair with your Hibiscus Margaritas?? Let’s make a whole Mexican Inspired Feast:
- Restaurant Style Salsa
- Mexican Rice
- Healthy Slow Cooker Refried Beans (Or Pressure Cooker Refried Beans)
- Easy Crockpot Carnitas
- Red Lentil Tacos
- Crockpot Black Bean Tortilla Soup
- 1 oz lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 1 oz unsweetened hibiscus tea
- 1 oz cointreau (orange liqueur)
- 2 oz blanco tequila
- sea salt for rim
- lime for slicing
- Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add a handful ice.
- Shake until cold about 15 to 30 seconds. Strain into a salt-rimmed (optional) glass over ice. Garnish with a lime slice.
If you want to salt the rim of your glass sprinkle sea salt onto a small plate. Either run a lime slice along the rim of the serving glass or lightly dip the glass rim into agave, place the coated rim into the salt and swirl around to coat.
For a sweeter drink I suggest adding 0.5 oz of agave nectar or simple syrup.
I prefer cointreau but any orange liqueur like triple sec will work.
Typically 1 lime will produce about 1 ounce of juice, but I still like to measure it out!
To make this for a crowd you will need 1 cup lime juice/8 to 10 limes, 1 cup hibiscus tea, 1 cup cointreau (or other orange liqueur), and 2 cups tequila. That will give you 8 servings. You can mix this ahead of time (without ice) and keep in the fridge for several hours before serving, just stir it up again before serving over ice!
For how to make the best hibiscus tea see the article above.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.
Peace & Love
Lauren, The Schmidty Wife