Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler

[Photo: Elana Lepkowski]

A cocktail in a pitcher means more time outside relaxing and less time inside making drinks. Hibiscus gives this tequila drink a tart and floral flavor and a gorgeous color.

Note: Dried hibiscus flowers can be found at gourmet shops or spice stores, or order they can be ordered online.

Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 6 servings
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:25 minutes
Special equipment:saucepan, strainer, pitcher
This recipe appears in: Pitcher Drinks: Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler


  • For the Hibiscus-Lime Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 ounces juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 4 to 5 limes
  • For the drink:
  • 1 lime, sliced thin
  • 1 cup hibiscus-lime syrup
  • 1 cup blanco tequila
  • 2 cups tonic water, chilled


  1. 1

    To Make Hibiscus-Lime Syrup: In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a bare simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add hibiscus and lime zest. Stir, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain, let cool, and add lime juice.

  2. 2

    For the Drink: In a pitcher, add lime slices, hibiscus-lime syrup, and tequila. If not using right away, store in refrigerator up to 6 hours. Otherwise, add tonic water and stir to combine. Serve over ice with lime wedges.


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