Hibiscus Margaritas: A Low Carb Cocktail

Enjoy the refreshing taste of this hibiscus margarita recipe made with simple, low-sugar ingredients. This hibiscus drink is made with a splash of lime, orange, and of course, tequila. This healthy margarita is 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! How about we get the party started with this tasty hibiscus margarita cocktail? Sounds good to me!

I’d like to start today’s post with a confession. I’m a big talker when it comes to alcohol, but I’m not much of a big drinker. I think it’s because I like the idea of having a drink. But I don’t really like feeling the effects of alcohol in my system.

So when my friend Marcela sent me her trusted recipe for Hibiscus 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.

Sugar and alcohol is not a good mix in my book.

So I followed Marcela’s recipe and modified a few things as well and it’s resulted in a simple, fruity, delicious hibiscus cocktail. A perfect excuse to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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.

Looking down on a tea bag in a cup of water with a little bit of orange zest added
Looking down on two glasses with edges dipped in a spicy, salty mixture sitting next to lime wedges.

How to Make Hibiscus Margaritas

It’s fun to make these refreshing Hibiscus Margaritas!

Step One: Prepare the Glasses

Begin by preparing the sugar and salt spice blend. This is what you’ll dip the glasses in.

To make it, combine the course 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 while you take the following steps.

Step Two: Make Hibiscus Tea

Place the warm water in a mug and add the remaining hibiscus tea bag. Add the orange zest to a tea strainer (or tied up in a coffee filteand add this to the hot water as well.

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

This is where things start to get fun! Next, add the tequila, vodka, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.

When the tea is ready and has cooled pour the red liquid into the cocktail shaker. Add the ice and give it a shake or two. Pour into prepared glasses, adding additional ice as necessary.

You’ll notice I haven’t added anything sweet. That’s because I oftentimes find margaritas to be way too sweet for my taste. However, if you’d like a little sweet, add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup or your favorite zero calorie sweetener (such as stevia).

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

What You’ll Love About This Hibiscus Tea Cocktail

These hibiscus tequila margaritas are made 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 lemon 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! For more of my favorite hibiscus drinks, check out my recipe for Green Tea Hibiscus Fruit Punch. I could drink that stuff every day!

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

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Hibiscus Margaritas - a refreshing, satisfying and easy to make homemade margarita

Hibiscus Margaritas

This Hibiscus Margaritas is a refreshing, satisfying and easy to make homemade margarita.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Hibiscus Margaritas
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 course 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 to a tea strainer (or tied up in a coffee filteand add this to the hot water as well. Allow 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.
  • In the meantime, add the tequila, vodka, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.
  • When the tea is ready and has cooled pour the red liquid into the cocktail shaker. Add the ice and give it a shake or two. Pour into prepared glasses, adding additional ice as necessary.

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.

Enjoy!

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8 Responses to Hibiscus Margaritas: A Low Carb Cocktail

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

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