Margaritas de Jamaica (Hibiscus Flower Margaritas) #SundaySupper

This week for #SundaySupper we are celebrating Labor Day, which for those of you outside the US is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  I don't get to celebrate US Labor Day anymore, because here in Mexico it's just another Monday.  In Mexico we celebrate Labor Day (Dia del Trabajo) on May 1st.  

Just because I don't get to celebrate US Labor Day anymore, doesn't mean I don't think about it.  Remember what I always say...You can take the girl out of the US, but you can't take away her love of American holidays.  To me Labor Day has always been the "unofficial" end of summer.   And every first Monday of September, I long for that one last cookout with family and friends to bid farewell to summer.   We actually had our farewell cookout of the summer last weekend, where I whipped up these Margaritas de Flor de Jamaica (Hibiscus Flower Margaritas) to toast the unoffical end of summer.  

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Margaritas de Jamaica 
(Hibiscus Flower Margaritas) 

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • Limes
  • Tequila
  • Salt or granulated sugar

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, combine the water and granulated sugar.  Add the dried hibiscus flowers and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool completely.  Strain the Hibiscus Flower Syrup into a decorative glass pitcher/caraffe or an airtight container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.    

To make the margaritas: Dip the rims of chilled glasses in lemon juice.  Then dip the moistened rims in salt or sugar, depending on whether you prefer your margaritas sweet or salty.  (I like to add a little grated lime zest to my salt and/or sugar for extra flavor.)  Fill glasses with ice.  Squeeze the juice of 1 lime in each glass.  Pour in 2 oz. of tequila, then fill glass with Hibiscus Flower Syrup.   Stir gently to combine.  Enjoy!!! 

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For more Labor Day menu ideas, be sure to check out what my #SundaySupper friends have cooked up for you this week.

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27 comments

  1. Hibiscus tea is oh, so lovely...I imagine a tiny spike of tequila would make the floral beverage very interesting, indeed =)

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  2. I love Hibiscus (its even in my perfume blend) I got to try this margarita!

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  3. Mmmm...these are gorgeous! I've never had hibiscus before!

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  4. These look spectacular! Such an insanely beautiful color!!!

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  5. I love hibiscus anything! I used to get candied hibiscus flowers from Trader Joe's (They'd be a GREAT garnish for this drink!) and instead of buying dried hibiscus flowers, I buy boxes of Passion Tea (hibiscus tea) from Starbucks OR ask for Passion Tea, undiluted and go to town!

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  6. Thank you for participating this week! This cocktail looks refreshing.

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  7. I love the scent of hibiscus and can only imagine how it would make a tasty cocktail. Great beverage for the holiday!

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  8. That drink sounds lovely and looks so pretty!

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  9. It looks so refreshing! I love the colour.

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  10. Perfect drink to offer at a family party, because it can either be virgin or with tequila!

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  11. Very pretty drink! I've never tried hibiscus flower before.

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  12. Love Jamaica is one of my favorite drinks, we definitely have a lot in common :)

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  13. This looks so pretty! Love that color!

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  14. What a gorgeous color! Reminds me of fall, but with the refreshing taste of summer. :) just perfect!

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  15. The color of your margarita is gorgeous!

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  16. I love hibiscus tea, so I can only imagine how delicious they would be in a margarita! Plus it's such a pretty color.

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  17. Never tried hibiscus except in tea. Tequila definitely adds a new twist, and a much interesting one!

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  18. Hibiscus tea is quite common here in the Middle East so I happen to have some in the cupboard. It's supposed to be good for you so I never thought of making a cocktail with it. Silly me! It looks deliciously refreshing!

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  19. YES YES AND YES! I am in love with this and i havent even made it I love all things Jamaica and if I can make it an adult beverage HEYYYY Thanks Leslie you creations always make my mouth water!

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  20. What brand of tequila would be best?

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  21. Que rico! me encanta la jamaica. Acabo de encontrar tu blog es emocionante ver que hay alguien mas compartiendo comida mexicana :) y tambien me encantan tus fotos! saludos desde Sonora! :)

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  22. Hola Maggie! Bienvenida a mi blog. Que gusto conocer a otra bloguera de Mexico. De que parte de Sonora eres? La familia de mi abuelita era de San Luis Rio Colorado, donde pase muchas vacaciones de verano y de navidad. Saludos desde Jalisco.

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  23. Hi Jessy! I'm sure your favorite brand of tequila would work for this recipe. Some of my favorite brands of tequila include Centenario, Herradura, Don Julio, and Camarena.

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