8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup margarita and 1 lime slice)

Make a welcoming, Caribbean-inspired margarita with fragrant hibiscus blossoms. The slightly tart blossoms steep in a sugar-and-water mixture, resulting in a fresh and tangy drink. Serve over ice, and garnish with lime.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place blossoms in a strainer; rinse under cold water. Combine blossoms, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Strain; discard blossoms. Cover and chill hibiscus mixture.

Step 2

Combine hibiscus mixture, tequila, juice, and Triple Sec. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices.

Chef's Notes

Hibiscus blossoms can be found at Latin grocery stores. Boiling the blossoms in a sugar-water mixture and then steeping infuses more flavor than just steeping them in warm water. This drink is especially good when made with premium-quality tequila.

Ratings & Reviews

Keiko123's Review

June 29, 2012
This is also known as "Sorrel" in Jamaica and is used at Christmas time and served with rum cake.This is an excellent recipe but there are a couple of other "twists" you can make on it. In Jamaica at Christmas they would add Rum instead of using Tequila and Triple Sec. Also, to make a non-alcoholic juice of this, steep the mixture on the stove with a couple of cinnamon sticks, a few clothes, allspice and a couple of pimentos. You can toss them in and strain it, or put it in a bag to steep then discard. Add a simple syrup to taste.

jjjamstou2's Review

May 28, 2012
These were fantastic. Love margaritas anyway, but this was a unique flavor. Will definitely make them again! Found the dried flowers at a local Mexican foods store, not expensive at all. I used El Jimador Reposado & Cointreau with freshly squeezed limes.

templin's Review

September 03, 2011

hoosgrad's Review

July 11, 2010
What a tasty and beautiful cocktail! I found the dried flowers at a health store (surprisingly inexpensive) and we enjoyed the smooth flavor balancing tart and sweet. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

sherbear's Review

May 05, 2010
I am not a big cocktail maker and I live in Mexico, so I needed something to serve friends that I could get all the ingredients for. I have served these margaritas many times now and to even to some of the restaurateurs that live here, who then later asked me for the recipe. I would say the only thing wrong with this recipe is that that the margaritas are to easy to drink. Enjoy

melc1956's Review

August 24, 2009
Occassionally we have "special drink" parties and this last weekend we made this drink our "special" one...It was wonderful! Everyone loved it...perfectly refreshing for a warm summer evening BBQ! This recipe is a keeper, it's easy and straight forward...dried hibiscus are easily purchased on line.

Elliots's Review

June 23, 2009
We "debuted" this drink at a recent gathering and our guests couldn't get enough of it (which is not necessarily a good thing for an early Sunday brunch!) That rich ruby color and the tart/sweet taste makes for an exotic treat that won't break the bank.

NanceeinSF's Review

December 13, 2008
I made this for Thanksgiving and to my surprise it was a big hit with everyone including the men who stopped drinking their beer and opted to drink this margarita exclusively. Perfect for the occasion...highly recommend.