Hibiscus Margaritas

Enjoy the refreshing taste of this hibiscus margarita recipe made with simple, low-sugar ingredients. You can make it with a splash of lime, orange, and of course, tequila. This is a low-carb way to enjoy a classic cocktail.

Two glasses of Hibiscus Margaritas with lime wedges around them.

Whenever Cinco de Mayo rolls around, it’s time to celebrate. Of course, I can find a reason to celebrate all year long! I say we get the party started with this tasty hibiscus margarita cocktail!

When my friend Marcela sent me her trusted recipe for margaritas, I jumped on the opportunity to make my own. I think some of the prepackaged margarita mixes have too much sugar in them, so I knew making them at home would be better.

I loved Marcela’s recipe but I made a few changes, such as adding hibiscus. The result? This simple, fruity, delicious hibiscus cocktail.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using a hibiscus tea bag infuses this cocktail with hibiscus flavor and color
  • Adding minimal sweetener keeps this drink tasty, but not overly sweet like some margaritas
  • Using orange zest infuses this beverage with hints of orange flavor.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Hibiscus tea — I use Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Tea.
  • Sweetener — Use your sweetener of choice, like sugar Truvia, or agave.
  • Orange Zest — You’ll need some zest from a fresh orange
  • Tequila
  • Vodka
  • Lime juice — You can use fresh or bottled lime juice.
  • Ice — You can serve this beverage with ice in the glass or crushed.

What is a Hibiscus Margarita?

A hibiscus margarita is simply a margarita infused with hibiscus tea. It’s made with the same ingredients as a traditional margarita, but the hibiscus adds both unique flavor and color.

How to Make Hibiscus Margarita

  1. Rim margarita glasses with a mixture of coarse sugar, sea salt, and the contents of one of the hibiscus tea bags.
  2. Make hibiscus tea by placing tea bags in warm water. Add the orange zest to a tea strainer and seep for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tequila, vodka, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.
  4. Strain the tea into the cocktail shaker, add the ice, and shake it to stir.
  5. Pour hibiscus margarita mix into prepared glasses, adding additional ice as necessary.

Here are step-by-step instructions to make these refreshing hibiscus margaritas.

Step One: Prepare the Glasses

Begin by preparing the sugar and salt spice blend, for rimming the glasses.

Looking down on two glasses with edges dipped in a spicy, salty mixture sitting next to lime wedges.

Combine the coarse sea salt, coconut sugar, and the contents of one of the hibiscus tea bags on a plate. Stir to combine. Rub your glasses with a wedge of lime and then dip each in the sugar and salt spice blend.

Store the prepared glasses in the fridge to chill.

Step Two: Make Hibiscus Tea

Place the warm water in a mug and add the remaining hibiscus tea bag. Add the orange zest to the hot water as well.

Looking down on a tea bag in a cup of water with a little bit of orange zest added

Allow the tea to seep for about 5 minutes, until the water has transformed to a deep shade of red. Remove and dispose of the orange zest and the tea bag.

Step Three: Cocktail Shaker

Add the tequila, vodka, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.

Marly’s Tips

If you want to add sweetness, here’s the best place to do it. Either add a teaspoon or two of agave nectar syrup, or a packet or two of zero-calorie sweetener to the lemon juice mix and shake it until it’s combined. If you’re using granulated sugar, stir it with lemon juice first to help the sugar dissolve.

Step Four: Add Hibiscus

When the tea is ready and has cooled, use a fine-mesh strainer to pour the liquid into the cocktail shaker. Add the ice and shake it to stir.

Step Five: Pour and Serve

Pour the margarita mixture into prepared glasses, adding additional ice as needed.

Looking down on two glasses of Hibiscus Margaritas with ice cubes and lime wedges.

Hibiscus Tea Cocktail

We’re making this hibiscus margarita recipe with actual hibiscus-flavored tea, which means you’re getting plenty of nutrients with every sip. Throw in some orange zest and a little bit of lime juice, and now you’re looking at a jamboree of fruity deliciousness in your day.

Did I just say jamboree of fruity deliciousness? I think I did. Oh well.

If you’re like me and convinced that you want more hibiscus in your daily drink regimen, I get you! Check out my recipe for Green Tea Hibiscus Fruit Punch. I could drink that stuff every day!

Low-Carb Cocktail

This is a low-carb cocktail, made with minimal sweeteners (or zero-calorie sweeteners). There are only 6 grams of carbs per serving, making it a great option for those on a low carb or keto diet.

More Beverages

If you love this hibiscus margarita cocktail, I have a feeling you’ll like the other great beverages too:

Two glasses of Hibiscus Margaritas with lime wedges around them.

Hibiscus Margaritas

This hibiscus margarita cocktail is a refreshing, satisfying, and easy to make a homemade margarita.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 87kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon course sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or course sugar
  • 2 hibiscus tea bags You can use Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Tea
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Sweetener: Sugar Truvia, or Agave
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1-2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz vodka
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup ice

Instructions

  • Prepare the Sugar and Salt Spice Blend by combing the coarse sea salt, the coconut sugar, and the contents of one of the hibiscus tea bags on a plate. Stir to combine. Rub your glasses with a wedge of lime, and then dip each in the Sugar and Salt Spice Blend. Store them in the fridge to chill while you take the following steps.
  • Place the warm water in a mug and add the remaining hibiscus tea bag. Add the orange zest. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes, until the water has transformed into a deep shade of red.
  • In the meantime, add the tequila, vodka, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and shake it to stir. Add optional sweetener here, such as agave, maple syrup, or zero-calorie sweetener. If using granulated sugar, stir it in with the lemon juice so it dissolves.
  • When the tea is ready and has cooled, use a fine-mesh strainer to strain it into the cocktail shaker. Add the ice and shake it to stir. Pour into prepared glasses, adding additional ice as needed.

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Notes

These hibiscus margaritas yield only 6 carbs per serving.
Nutrition Facts
Hibiscus Margaritas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Two glasses of a bright red cocktail and the words, "Hibiscus Margaritas" at the top.

This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

8 Responses to Hibiscus Margaritas

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlypam (Sidewalk Shoes) Reply

    I am definitely going to try this!!! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAnnalise @ Completely Delicious Reply

    Cinco de mayo may be over but I’m still dreaming about this cocktail. Sounds so refreshing!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Annalise! It is so refreshing…and fruity!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula Reply

    Wow, these look so refreshing–what a great drink for summer!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You’re so right Paula! You could even leave the vodka/tequilla out and just drink it as a summer punch. Yum!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySina Reply

    This sounds so great for a summer party! I just saved your recipe and can’t wait to try it soon! 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Sina! I hope you like it as much as we did! Bring on the summer parties!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEvi @ greenevi Reply

    This is so creative and your pictures are so beautiful! I’m definitely gonna try it out 🙂

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