Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita

Two stunning ruby red cocktails in rocks glasses garnished with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

This Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita is a crisp, refreshing cocktail of hibiscus and pomegranate juice, tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. It is a pretty, vibrant red spin on a classic cocktail that is perfect for any cocktail hour. Dress it up for the holidays with a sprig of rosemary and pomegranate arils or hibiscus calyces.

Whew! There seems to be a bit of a theme happening here on the blog. You may have noticed that I LOVE a good margarita. I mean, it’s so difficult to resist a Spicy Pineapple Margarita with a side of Mexican-style Pinto Beans and Rice. Or Pork Carnitas. Or both!

Two stunning rub red cocktails in rocks glasses garnished with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita

Today’s cocktail is both refreshing and festive. That means you can enjoy this Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita any time of year, but the ruby red colour really makes it perfect for the holidays. Speaking of the vibrant colour…it is an all-natural colouring that comes from the homemade hibiscus pomegranate simple syrup.

Follow this pomegranate margarita recipe and learn how to make this (very) simple syrup to use in your holiday cocktails. It’s the perfect addition for a holiday margarita but also works in a Christmas-y twist on a Moscow Mule, or in a festive Cosmopolitan.

Ingredients required to make a Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita.

As always, I can never stress enough how important it is to finish your cocktail with an appropriate garnish. During the holidays, a slice of lime just doesn’t do it for me. This is a great time of year to get a little more creative.

Dressing this margarita up with red pomegranate arils and rosemary garnish makes it extra special. To me they represent an important holiday symbol: an evergreen tree festooned with shiny red lights.

Showing how to make cocktail syrup by infusing pomegranate juice with hibiscus and sugar in a saucepan.

Ingredients You’ll Need for this Cocktail

This cocktail is a twist on a classic margarita and as such, it contains all of the classic margarita ingredients you would expect. The major difference is the addition of a hibiscus pomegranate syrup in place of a standard simple syrup.

  • Hibiscus Calyces
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Sugar
  • Tequila
  • Lime
  • Triple Sec
  • Ice
  • Garnishes
Pouring tequila in a cocktail shaker filled with lime juice and pomegranate hibiscus syrup.

You can find dried hibiscus calyces at any Jamaican or Latin Grocery store. They may be labelled as ‘Sorrel’ or ‘Roselles’. Note that the edible dried portion is called a ‘calyx’ (mult. calyces) which is the part that surrounds the hibiscus fruit, not the actual flower.

Hibiscus is enjoyed steeped into various teas and tisanes worldwide. Agua de Jamaica is a popular hibiscus drink in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America and the Caribbean (where it is known as Sorrel Drink).

Straining the ruby red Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita into an ice filled rocks glass.

While most margarita recipes call for tequila blanco (or silver tequila), I prefer slightly aged smoother Reposado tequila. Don’t break the bank buying a good tequila, just get one that is slightly smoother than the ubiquitous tequila shot tequila. Shudder.

There’s a wide range of orange flavoured liqueurs on the market. I always buy Triple Sec or Cointreau, a colourless orange based liqueur. However, Curaçao or even Grand Marnier will work in this cocktail.

Two stunning ruby red cocktails in rocks glasses garnished with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

How to Make Hibiscus Pomegranate Syrup

The Hibiscus Pomegranate simple syrup is what makes this cocktail extra special. The great news is that it is very easy to make and requires only 3 ingredients.

To make the fruit syrup, place the sugar, pomegranate juice, and hibiscus calyxes together in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer it over medium heat until all of the sugar dissolves and it begins to thicken.

Turn off heat and set the syrup aside to cool. Once the syrup reaches room temperature, strain out the hibiscus calyces. The syrup is now ready to use in a cocktail.

A stunning ruby red cocktail in a rocks glass garnished with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

Let’s Make a Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita!

Enough chit chat. Let’s get down to it. You’re going to need a cocktail shaker (I prefer a Boston style shaker but you do you), a rocks or margarita glass, and a fine mesh strainer.

To begin, fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice cubes then fill your cocktail glass half full of ice. Pour the hibiscus pomegranate syrup, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice over the ice in the cocktail shaker.

Fix the other end of the cocktail shaker on tightly and shake the cocktail for about 10 seconds, or until the (stainless steel) shaker tin becomes nice and frosty. Remove the top half of the shaker and strain the cocktail into the glass filled with ice.

A stunning ruby red cocktail in a rocks glass garnished with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

How to Serve a Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita

Generally, margaritas are served in a sugar/salt rimmed glass but for this holiday margarita I have left it optional. If you would like to salt the rims, mix 2 tbsp kosher salt with 2 tbsp granulated sugar on a small plate. Moisten the rim of the glass with lime juice, then rotate the glass upside down in the rimmer until the rim is well coated.

Garnish the cocktail with a sprig of fresh rosemary, pomegranate arils, or hibiscus calyces…or a lime wheel if you’re really stuck. Cheers!

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Yield: Makes 1 cocktail

Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita

Two stunning ruby red cocktails in rocks glasses garnished with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

This Hibiscus Pomegranate Margarita is a crisp, refreshing cocktail of pomegranate and hibiscus, tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. It is a pretty, vibrant red spin on a classic cocktail that is perfect for any cocktail hour. Dress it up for the holidays with a sprig of rosemary and pomegranate arils or hibiscus calyxes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE HIBISCUS POMEGRANATE SYRUP (Makes 3 oz)

  • 1/2 cup of hibiscus flowers
  • 1/3 cup of pomegranate juicE
  • 1/3 cup of cane sugar

FOR THE COCKTAIL

  • 1 1/2 oz of Hibiscus Pomegranate syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz of Tequila
  • 1 lime; juiced
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • sprig rosemary, pomegranate arils, or hibiscus flowers to garnish

Instructions

FOR THE HIBISCUS POMEGRANATE SYRUP

  1. Place the sugar, pomegranate juice, and hibiscus calyxes together in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat until the syrup begins to thicken and all of the sugar has been dissolved.
  3. Turn off heat and set aside. Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature, strain out the hibiscus calyxes.

FOR THE COCKTAIL

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Pour in the hibiscus pomegranate syrup, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
  2. Fix the other end of the cocktail shaker on tightly and shake the cocktail for about 10 seconds, or until the (stainless steel) shaker tin becomes nice and frosty.
  3. Add enough ice to fill a margarita or rocks glass halfway, then strain the cocktail into the glass.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, pomegranate arils, or a hibiscus calyx and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 693Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 149gFiber: 2gSugar: 121gProtein: 1g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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26 comments

  1. Tammy

    This is one gorgeous cocktail and a beauty for the holiday season. I love the twist on this margarita…definitely cannot wait to try!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I happen to be a sucker for margaritas of any sort. Cheers!

  2. Ann

    I love a tasty margarita! I have never tried a pomegranate margarita before. Sounds delicious! Excited to give this drink a try!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent to hear from a fellow margarita lover. Cheers!

  3. Zhen

    Couldn’t believe how easy and delicious this cocktail was! Would never have thought to pair hibiscus and pomegranate!Gonna make it again next time I have the girls over! (PS I LOVE your glass!)

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so much Zhen! I love it too…it’s so art deco inspired.

  4. Lauren Michael Harris

    This is such a beautiful cocktail and tastes really good! We made it for Thanksgiving and will definitely make it again at Christmas too!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Lauren! We’ll be making it all through the holidays for various parties and gatherings. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Jamie

    Awesome! This drink looks absolutely delicious and refreshing! The reddish look of this drink makes it so enticing and tempting! I totally love it!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I like to think is very seasonal and tasty too. Thanks for stopping by Jamie.

  6. May

    What a lovely recipe! I’ll make them for a party I’m holding this week. So excited!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent. We have made these Margaritas in batches and they turned out well. Just scale up the syrup and you’ll be fine!

  7. Kathryn

    Hibiscus is one of my favorite flavors and I don’t use it enough. SO glad to find this recipe- love margaritas and all these flavors. Such a refreshing and delicious drink! 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s such a unique ingredient…plus it’s very high in vitamin C!

  8. Veronika

    This is my new favorite cocktail! The flavors are amazing and was very easy to make 😉

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Veronika. Cheers!

  9. Tracy

    The color of this drink is simply stunning. And it tasted so fresh and delicious! A great holiday drink, thanks!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Tracy. Three cheers for the holidays!

  10. Amy Liu Dong

    Such a pretty and delicious drink to make for my sister on her birthday.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Any time is a great time for a margarita!

  11. Marta

    Everything about this cocktail makes me happy. Hibiscus and pomegranate are the perfect combination and tequila is always a great idea. I can’t wait to make this again.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this cocktail Marta, cheers!

  12. Elaine

    I would have so many reasons to cheer with this margarita over the holidays! 🙂 Love the color, and I bet it tastes amazing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It does! We did another round of ‘testers’ for our Grey Cup party yesterday.

  13. Gloria

    What a pretty and festive drink for the holidays. I have been enjoying hibiscus tea lately. One more place to enjoy it. Pomegranate perils are always delicious in everything.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hibiscus is so high in Vitamin C too! I love using the syrup as a hot tea concentrate too.

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