This Hibiscus Orange Margarita Recipe is a great way to dress up a classic. Hibiscus Orange simple syrup with fresh lime and orange juice make an amazing sweet and sour combination. This is the perfect compliment to your favorite tequila, and fun drink to mix up for a party.
Making the Perfect Margarita
Making a good drink is about getting all of the elements right. Margaritas in particular have to have just the right balance of salty, sweet, and sour to compliment the tequila.
There is Nothing Simple about the Flavor of this Hibiscus Orange Simple Syrup!
Before I started mixing, I had to make a simple syrup. I like to make my simple syrup for a margarita and use fresh juices. Simple syrup is actually really simple to make. It is simply 1 part sugar and 1 part water heated until the sugar is fully dissolved. I’ve punched this one up by infusing it with orange zest and hibiscus flowers. It is very easy to make, but the flavor is rich and complex. It is also a really beautiful color of pink.
For a perfect Margarita it is all in the mix.
Start With The Rim!
A classic margarita is rimmed with lime and coarse salt. The flavor on the rim of the glass is the introduction to all of the flavors that follow. For this Hibiscus Orange Margarita Recipe, I’ve changed it up a bit by mixing my course salt and sugar in equal parts and then sprinkling red chili powder in the mix. I adhere this to the glass with the juice from and orange wedge.
Ice Ice Baby!!
Next I fill the glass with ice. I use an Old Fashion glass for a margarita on the rocks. You want to avoid that big round glass on a stem called a Coupe Glass. That is for cocktails served without ice or the frozen margarita. I like to leave the ice in the glass and a stemmed glass will be too unstable.
Get out your glass and really fill it with ice. A good margarita should be really cold. When you think your glass is full, give it a shake and add a few more cubes.
Like women and children the tequila is added first. Next add the fresh lime juice and orange juice. Finally add the Orange Hibiscus Simple Syrup. For this recipe, I like to leave everything unmixed and serve it with the layers showing. The heavy simple syrup sinks to the bottom and makes for a pretty show stopping presentation. You can add a swizzle stick and let your guest stir it themselves once it has been beautifully presented.
"One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. "
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Hibiscus Orange Margarita Recipe
Hibiscus Orange Simple Syrup
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- Zest of 1 Orange
- ¼ Cup Dry Hibiscus Flowers
- 2 Tbsp Course Salt
- 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
Hibiscus Orange Margarita Recipe (single serving)
- 1 oz Tequila Resposado use a shot glass to measure and fill ¾ths of the way
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 2 oz Hibiscus Orange Simple Syrup 1.5 shot glasses full.
Hibiscus Orange Margarita Recipe (pitcher)
- ¾ Cup Tequila Resposado
- ¾ Cup Lime Juice
- ¾ Cup Orange Juice
- 1.5 Cups Hibiscus Orange Simple Syrup (you will need to double your simple syrup recipe to make a pitcher)
Hibiscus Orange Simple Syrup
- Add sugar, water to a small sauce pan and heat on medium low. Add Orange zest while heating. Stir occasionally to help the sugar dissolve. Once the simple syrup comes to a simmer, turn the heat to low and add Hibiscus Flowers. Let simmer for 3 minutes. The Hibiscus flowers need to steep in the simple syrup like tea in order to infuse it with full flavor.
- Once the syrup is fully combined and the flowers have steeped, strain into a mason jar and let cool.
- Mix sugar, salt, and chili powder together on a small flat plate. Use pieces of the leftover juiced orange or a fresh orange wedge and rub it around the rim of an Old Fashion Glass. Dip the glass into the salt, sugar, chili powder .
Hibiscus Orange Margarita (single serving and pitcher)
- Single Serving: Rim and Old fashion glass and fill with ice. Pour in 1 oz tequila reposado. Add fresh lime and orange juice. For a single serving you can juice the fruit as you go. For a pitcher, I would juice everything in advance to make sure you have enough. Add the Hibiscus Orange simple syrup. Serve without stirring to show off the beautiful layers.
- Pitcher Recipe: Fill a pitcher with ice. Add tequila first, then lime juice, orange juice, and Hibiscus Orange simple syrup. Stir the pitcher. Rim your Old Fashion serving glasses in advance. Set out the pitcher and the rimmed glasses with a bowl of ice.