- Prep time 5 minutes
- Cook time 1 minute
- Makes 1 drink
Who says margaritas are just for the summer? This deep-hued, sweet-tart variation works well for all seasons. The hibiscus syrup really puts this above a traditional margarita recipe, and you'll see why the extra steps are totally worth it. And it takes just a few minutes to make the hibiscus syrup. Simply bring some water, dried hibiscus flowers, and sugar to a boil. Strain and you're all set, no waiting around for the hibiscus flowers to infuse required. The remaining ingredients are the stuff traditional margaritas are made of—tequila (of course), some fresh lime juice, and agave nectar for sweetness. You'll also love the twist on a classic sugared rim by adding just a little bit of ground cinnamon. The light brown color definitely complements the deep red of the cocktail.
Whether you make these margaritas for the holidays, Valentine's Day, or beyond, your friends and family will ooh and ahh over the taste and color. Feel free to garnish with whatever fruit you think will nicely mix in with the darker hues of the drink. The recipe easily scales up, so you can make a batch for a fun party or get-together. Since one drink calls for just an ounce of the hibiscus syrup, you can store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for a couple of weeks. Try experimenting with it for a variety of cocktails, using vodka or rum, and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand. Once you make a batch, you'll always want to have some ready to go in your fridge.
dried hibiscus flowers
sugar, plus more for the glass
1 1/2 ounces
fresh lime juice
Ground cinnamon, for the glass
Lime wheels, for serving
- In a medium saucepan, bring the hibiscus, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from the heat and strain into a medium bowl.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, 1 ounce of the hibiscus syrup, agave nectar, and lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice, then vigorously shake for about 20 seconds, until chilled.
- Mix some of the sugar with the cinnamon on a plate, then dip the rim of a margarita glass into the cinnamon sugar. Serve the cocktail over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.