Jamaica Margarita Recipe (Hibiscus Margarita)


This delicious Jamaica Margarita recipe puts a uniquely herbaceous spin on the classic tequila cocktail, making it the perfect drink all year long, especially this coming Cinco de Mayo!

Refreshingly sweet and tart, this cocktail takes a gorgeous red tint from the hibiscus syrup we mixed in. So, if you’re looking for a new twist to flavor a margarita, it’s time to get into a festive mood and make a hibiscus margarita!

A gorgeous red hibiscus margarita is a salt-rimmed glass garnished with hibiscus flower and a tiny flag with "Salud" written on it.
Let’s make this delicious Jamaica margarita recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Jamaica Margarita

This hibiscus margarita recipe only needs one additional ingredient from the classic recipe to make it extra special — hibiscus syrup. This syrup is made from the petals of the hibiscus flower and is delicious with its rich, floral flavor. We can’t get enough of it! 

This margarita is excellent to make and drink at any time of the year. Its floral taste makes it a great spring drink, but it’s also super refreshing, which makes it perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day, too.

Better yet, serve it as a Cinco de Mayo margarita to friends on May 5th. The best hibiscus margarita recipe brings a refreshing twist to the classic marg with its vibrant flavors and tropical flair, perfectly complementing the festive atmosphere of the celebration.

Related: Cinco de Mayo Printable Decorations

Lastly, hibiscus margaritas are super easy to prepare. If you know how to make a classic margarita, then you just add one extra step to turn that into a margarita Jamaica.

Add the ingredients for the best hibiscus margarita recipe to a cocktail shaker. Then, sit back, relax, and let the floral flavors soothe your taste buds. 

Make a jamaica margarita for parties, when you’re hosting Cinco de Mayo or any time you want a tart and refreshing drink to sip.


Bottles of Tequila Cazadores Reposado, J. Brandt Triple Sec, Hibiscus Syrup, along with a whole fresh lime on a table.
What you need to make a Jamaica margarita.

We used Tequila Cazadores Reposado for this hibiscus margarita recipe since it blends nicely with the hibiscus flavor. You’ll end up with a marg that’s sweet—but not overly sweet—and you’ll still be able to enjoy the taste of tequila. If you don’t have that, you can use Blanco Tequila.

We also used J. Brandt Triple Sec for this hibiscus syrup margarita recipe, but you can use any orange liqueur you have on hand.  

Lime juice adds acidity to this drink. Its taste will not be too prominent, but it adds a welcomed freshness to the cocktail. 

Lastly, we used flavored hibiscus syrup instead of hibiscus tea, which has a strong floral flavor. But if you like the flavors to be a little less concentrated, you can make tea from dried hibiscus flowers first and then add that to make your own margarita de Jamaica

Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe card for the complete recipe.

How to Make a Hibiscus Margarita

Hibiscus margarita in a salt-rimmed glass with hibiscus flower as a garnish with nachos, cucumber, lime wedges and cupcakes around it.

Rim the Glass

Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge, then dip it in sugar or salt. Rotate the rim to ensure it’s covered well. Fill the glass about 3/4 of the way with ice cubes.

Learn: How to Salt a Margarita Glass Rim Properly

NOTE: For a sugar rim, it’s best to use white granulated sugar. For a salt rim, you can use margarita salt, coarse sea salt, or kosher salt.

A woman pouring Triple Sec into a jigger before adding it into the shaker.

Step 1

Add the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker.

A woman pouring hibiscus flowers in syrup into the lid of a cocktail shaker.

Step 2

Add the hibiscus syrup into the cocktail shaker as well. Cover and shake vigorously. 

A salt-rimmed margarita glass with ice and hibiscus flower being placed on top of it.

Step 3

Put fresh ice in the margarita glass. On top of the ice, garnish with a hibiscus flower.

A person pouring the mixture from the cocktail shaker into the margarita glass with salt rim.

Step 4

Pour the margarita into the glass with ice and hibiscus flower, then serve immediately and enjoy. 


  • If you’re making more for friends, multiply the ingredients by 8 (or use the slider in the recipe card to modify the serving size) and combine them into a margarita pitcher with 2 cups of ice. Stir for a minute or two to allow some ice to melt into the drink. Then, pour into salt or sugar-rimmed margarita glasses with fresh ice and serve. 
  • If you want to sweeten it, you can adjust the amount of orange liqueur, or you can add some sweetener like sugar, simple syrup, or agave nectar to the mix, or add more hibiscus syrup. 
  • You can also pretty up the drink by using other edible flowers as garnish.

Variations to Try

  • SPICY HIBISCUS MARGARITA: Spice up your margarita by cutting some jalapeño slices and tossing them with the other ingredients in the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, then serve in a margarita glass. You can also garnish it with another jalapeño slice if you prefer.
  • MAKE A MOCKTAIL VERSION: If serving to friends who are averse to alcohol, you can use non-alcoholic tequila and triple sec in the recipe or use orange juice and soda water instead.
  • GIVE IT A FRUITY TWIST: Make your drink even more amazing by adding fruit to the mix! Blood orange, guava, and strawberry work great for this margarita. You can also try adding fresh fruit purees such as mango or pineapple.
  • USE A SUGAR RIM WITH BASIL: Up the ante by serving your Jamaica margarita in glasses with sugar rim with basil. Yum!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a hibiscus flower and hibiscus leaves when used for a margarita?

When used for a margarita, the flowers provide a more concentrated flavor and vibrant color than the leaves. The flowers often make hibiscus syrup or infusions, offering a sweet-tart taste and a rich, deep red hue to the drink.

On the other hand, hibiscus leaves can be used for a milder flavor, often infused into teas or used as a garnish, but they may not impart as strong of a flavor or color to the margarita as the flowers would.

How do you store hibiscus margarita?

You can store any leftover drinks in the refrigerator. Make sure they don’t have any ice so the cocktail won’t get too diluted. When you’re ready to serve them, just pour them on fresh ice.

Is hibiscus good for you?

Yes! Experts say it can be high in antioxidants and even has anti-inflammatory properties, hence adding it to your diet is something to consider.

Why is hibiscus used in drinks?

Adding some hibiscus to your drinks can give them a deliciously complex flavor and floral aroma that makes them a delight to sip. This makes it a great addition to most cocktails. 

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A margarita glass with salt rim and red hibiscus margarita with ice and hibiscus flower garnish.

Jamaica Margarita

Let's create this super easy and delicious Hibiscus Margarita. Its gorgeous red color and refreshing flavors make it perfect all year long!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 265 kcal



  • Moisten the tip of a margarita glass with a wedge of a lime, then dip it in either sugar or salt.
  • Add the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add some hibiscus syrup into the cocktail shaker as well. Cover and shake vigorously.
  • Put fresh ice in the margarita glass. On top of the ice, put a piece of hibiscus flower.
  • Pour the margarita into the margarita glass with ice and hibiscus flower, then serve immediately and enjoy.


Read: How to Salt a Margarita Glass Rim Properly 
If making more for friends, you can just multiply the ingredients by 8 (or change the servings needed in the recipe card) and then combine them into a pitcher containing about 2 cups of ice. Stir for a minute or two then pour over salt or sugar-rimmed glasses.
  • To sweeten it, you can adjust the amount of orange liqueur or hibiscus syrup, or add other sweeteners to the drink.
  • You can also use other edible flowers for garnish. 
*Nutrition information is slightly off due to the fact that the software doesn’t have information on hibiscus syrup. 


Serving: 1glassCalories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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