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With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner I thought I’d whip up a batch of Hibiscus Margaritas with Ginger and Cloves. All last summer we sipped on these beauties, and I fell in love with their color and flavor. Over time, this is what they have morphed into. The ginger adds a pleasant zingy bite, and the cloves, although optional, add a subtle whisper of the exotic. They are sweetened with honey instead of sugar and together with the fresh lime juice, they feel like a refreshing glass of summer.
Note- to make this alcohol- free, substitute sparkling water for the alcohol ( do not shake, just pour it in the glass).
Dried Hibiscus flowers can be found in most bulk sections in your grocery store. If not there, then check the tea section and use hibiscus tea –a few tea bags will work just fine.
If new to hibiscus, make sure you take a peek at this Hibiscus Flower Quesadilla Recipe. While in Mexico several years ago, I ate at this lovely little cafe where hibiscus flowers were folded into a quesadilla. Such a wonderful surprise! They added such great flavor and texture, it was a bit of a mind opener for me. They are also very nutritious!
Make a simple syrup using water, honey, ginger, hibiscus and a few whole cloves ( optional) . The Syrup will turn a beautiful deep red. The longer it steeps the more intense the flavor will become.
Then just shake it up with the tequila, triple sec ( or orange liquor) and fresh lime juice.
For a nice touch, sugar the rim of the glass by rubbing the lime wedge around it, then dipping in sugar.
Pour over ice and garnish with lime wheels.
Hibiscus Margarita with ginger and cloves- a simple festive Cinco de Mayo cocktail, that will delight the senses.
Hibiscus Margaritas with Ginger and Clove
Refreshing Hibiscus Margaritas with Ginger and Clove is made with hibiscus flowers ( or use hibiscus tea) honey, lime, fresh ginger and a hint of clove. Delicious and refreshing! A perfect Cinco de Mayo Cocktail!
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Cuisine: cocktail
- 4 ounces good quality tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec ( or orange liqueur)
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice- more to taste
- lime slices- garnish
- one batch Hibiscus Ginger Syrup
Hibiscus Ginger Syrup
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup honey
- 2-3 tablespoons hibiscus flowers ( or sub hibiscus 3 tea bags)
- 5-6 disks thinly sliced ginger ( peels OK)
- 6 whole cloves ( optional, but tasty- sub a cinnamon stick or 2 star anise)
Make Hibiscus Ginger Syrup by placing all ingredients in a small pot on the stove. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, let cool. ( you could let this rest overnight for more intensity) Strain.
Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and the Hibiscus Ginger Syrup.
Shake well. Strain into two ice filled glasses.
Notes: to make a sugar rimmed glass, rub the lip of glass with lime wedge, dip glass in sugar.
You can make these alcohol free! Make the syrup the same way. Strain, pour over ice, add lime juice and sparkling water to taste.