Amp up margarita night with a quick homemade simple syrup that packs a brilliant pink hue from dried hibiscus flowers. Serve with guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds and lime tortilla chips.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


Hibiscus Simple Syrup


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare simple syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in flowers and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Strain (discard the flowers) and refrigerate for up to 1 month. (Makes 1-1 1/4 cups.)

  • To prepare margarita: Stir tequila, lime juice and 1 ounce of the simple syrup in a tall glass. Add ice. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate simple syrup for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

191.6 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 15.8g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 12.9g; fat 0.1g; saturated fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 20IU; vitamin c 8.8mg 15% DV; folate 2.8mcg 1% DV; calcium 14.6mg 2% DV; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 2.4mg 1% DV; potassium 34.7mg 1% DV; sodium 6.1mg; added sugar 12g.