Jamaica Hibiscus Margarita

Jamaica Margarita - Tequila Margarita Cocktail Recipe
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Tea: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Give your margarita a beautiful floral flavor with the easy jamaica margarita recipe. This cocktail has a lovely and unique flavor and it's flavored with one of the most popular agua frescas you can make.

The margarita is centered on agua de jamaica, or hibiscus tea. It's made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers (known as jamaica in Mexico) in sweetened hot water. The tea is then chilled and ready to use in the margarita recipe or to enjoy on its own as a cool, refreshing iced tea.

Agua de jamaica actually gives the margarita a sort of cranberry flavor, though there is a hint of tea leaf taste in the background. When mixed with a nice blanco tequila, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice, it creates a bouquet of flavor in your glass.

This recipe makes one large (6 1/2-ounce) margarita; you can also divide it into two smaller glasses. Though it's often garnished with a lime wedge, the cocktail looks beautiful with an unblemished hibiscus in full bloom floating on top as well.

Ingredients

  • For the Agua de Jamaica:
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups (2 ounces) jamaica flowers (dried)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 3 ounces agua de Jamaica (chilled)
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (Tequila Tezón Blanco)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make Agua de Jamaica

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Bring the water to a boil.

  3. Add the flowers and sugar and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute so all of the sugar is dissolved.

  4. Pour into a noncorrosive bowl and steep for at least 20 minutes, though you can let it go for up to 2 hours.

  5. Strain the mixture through a sieve or other fine-mesh strainer, pressing on the flower solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

  6. Taste for strength and sweetness. If it is too potent, add water. If it is too tart, add sugar.

  7. Cover and refrigerate until it's time to serve.

Tips

  • Dried hibiscus flowers can be found at stores specializing in Mexican cuisine and they're easy to find online.
  • The flower will stain some types of bowls, including glazed pottery, with its dark red color. It's best to use noncorrosive materials such as glass or stainless steel when making agua de fresca.
  • Hot water is required to extract the flower's color and flavor, which is why this is one of the few agua frescas that requires heat. Don't try to cold-brew hibiscus tea or you will not get the full effect.
  • You can also find agua de jamaica concentrates in liquid or powdered form. These can be prepared according to the package directions and used in the margarita.

Make the Jamaica Margarita

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the agua de jamaica, tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice.

  2. Shake well.

  3. Strain into a chilled margarita glass.

  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

How Strong Is a Jamaica Margarita?

Since the agua de jamaica makes up the majority of this drink's volume, it's considerably lighter than most shaken margaritas. On average, you can expect its alcohol content to fall somewhere around 9 percent ABV (18 proof), similar to the lightest wine.