The Hibiscus Margarita

This cocktail honors artist Frida­ Kahlo, who used to serve guests refreshing hibiscus tea after a long journey. Now, it's the key ingredient to making this floral-accented margarita a cool refreshing sipper for a hot sunny day.
The Hibiscus Margarita / Photo by Meg Baggott

Courtesy Rocky Barnette, chef, The Capri, Marfa, TX

This rosy thirst-quencher hails from Marfa, a small city in West Texas that’s renowned for its striking desert scenery and thriving artist community. At The Capri,­ Chef Rocky Barnette harvests hibiscus blossoms grown on the property to brew for this drink, designed to pair with an intriguing pre-Columbian menu. The cocktail also honors famed Mexican artist Frida­ Kahlo. Barnette says that she served hibiscus tea (agua de Jamaica) to guests as an offer of friendship after a long journey.

Traveling Down the Tequila Trail
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 2 lime wedges
  • ¼ ounce honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part hot water)
  • ¾ ounce agave syrup
  • 1½ ounces hibiscus tea, brewed and cooled
  • 2 ounces reposado Tequila
  • 1 citrus slice, for garnish

In cocktail shaker, muddle citrus with honey and agave syrups. Add hibiscus tea, Tequila and ice. Shake well, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with citrus slice.

Published on March 29, 2018
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email:

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