Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita is a modern twist on the classic Margarita cocktail. It's a creation that caters to those who appreciate the interplay of floral and citrus notes, with a preference for a refreshing and slightly tart flavor profile. Ideal for summer days or as a vibrant cocktail at a chic bar, it's become a favorite among patrons who enjoy experimenting with new flavors.

  • Originates from the classic Margarita
  • Incorporates the tangy taste of grapefruit and the floral notes of hibiscus
  • Gained popularity in upscale bars and tropical destinations

How Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita Tastes?

This cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet and tart with a floral undertone. The grapefruit provides a juicy, tangy kick, while the hibiscus adds a subtle, aromatic sweetness. The tequila grounds the drink with its earthy warmth, making it complex and inviting.

Interesting facts about Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

  • The hibiscus flower is not only used for teas and cocktails but also has medicinal properties.
  • Grapefruit juice can affect the way certain medications work, so always drink responsibly.
  • Margaritas can be served on the rocks, blended, or straight up, but this particular recipe shines when served on the rocks.


Silver Tequila

Silver tequila is the backbone of any margarita, providing that unmistakable kick. The 2 oz measure keeps the drink strong yet sippable. Too much and you'll be texting exes, too little and you'll wonder if there's any tequila at all. No tequila? Try mezcal for a smokier twist.

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Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

This gives our margarita a deep, floral edge and a signature pink hue. If you skip it, you'll miss out on the 'hibiscus' part of your margarita - and that's just a grapefruit margarita, which is fine, but not as exotic. Rose water could be an alternative, for a different floral note.

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Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Fresh is best for a zesty punch; 2oz is the sweet spot to balance the tequila and hibiscus. Too much grapefruit, and it'll overshadow the other flavors; too little, and you'll lose the 'grapefruit' part of the name. Orange juice could be a substitute for a sweeter profile.

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Simple Syrup

This is the sweet whisper in the tartness's ear, rounding out flavors. 1 tsp should do—more, and you'll cloak the complex flavors; less, and the drink might pucker your lips tighter than a pair of skinny jeans. Agave syrup is a great alternative, especially for tequila drinks.

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Ice keeps it cool, casual, and prevents the whole thing from turning into a tequila soup. No ice? You've got a warm embrace when you wanted a cool handshake.

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Lime Wedge

A classic garnish for margaritas that adds a touch of freshness and decorates your drink. No lime? A sad, naked rim indeed. Try a grapefruit wedge for a twist.

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For rimming, because life needs a little seasoning. It contrasts with the sweet and tart flavors, providing a flavor explosion. Miss the salt, and the drink loses its edge. Sugar could be a rim alternative for those with a sweeter tooth.

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Recipe. How to make Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita Drink

  1. Rim the edge of a margarita glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, hibiscus tea concentrate, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of elegance, garnish with a hibiscus flower or a twist of grapefruit peel.
  • If you prefer a less sweet drink, adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep your Margarita cool longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus notes of the cocktail will complement the freshness of the ceviche.
  • Shrimp Tacos: The zesty flavors pair nicely with the seasoned shrimp.

Salty Snacks

  • Chips and Salsa: A classic combo, the saltiness of the chips and the acidity of the salsa match well with the margarita.
  • Salted Nuts: They offer a simple but satisfying contrast to the drink's complexity.

Spicy Dishes

  • Spicy Chicken Wings: The fruity, tangy flavor of the cocktail helps to cool down the palate after a spicy bite.


  • Aged Cheddar: The sharpness of cheddar contrasts beautifully with the sweet and floral notes of the drink.

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What you could change in Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

  • Tequila: Any quality silver tequila will do, but for a smoother taste, consider using a reposado tequila.
  • Hibiscus Tea Concentrate: If you can't find hibiscus tea, a good quality berry tea can provide a similar fruity and tart profile.
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or maple syrup can be used for a more complex sweetness.

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Spicy Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

  • Add: A slice of jalapeño.
  • Change: Swap simple syrup for agave nectar. By introducing a slice of jalapeño to the shaker, you'll get a fiery kick that plays off the cocktail's tartness. The agave nectar complements the tequila's natural flavors, and the sweetness levels stay balanced but with a more authentic Mexican vibe. Expect a dance of sweet, sour, floral, and spicy on your tongue!

Smoky Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

  • Add: A dash of liquid smoke or float of mezcal.
  • Change: Rim with smoked salt. This twist is for those who love a touch of smoke in their glass. Adding a dash of liquid smoke or a float of mezcal gives a complex smokiness that contrasts with the fresh, floral, and citrusy notes. Rim your glass with smoked salt to heighten the sensory experience.

Raspberry Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

  • Add: Fresh raspberries muddled in the shaker.
  • Change: Use rose water instead of hibiscus tea concentrate. Muddle fresh raspberries before shaking up the drink to infuse it with a berry sweetness, providing a fruity layer that weaves through the tequila and grapefruit. Swapping hibiscus for rose water gives a different floral note, making the drink more perfumed and delicate in flavor.

In case you forgot basics how to make Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Grapefruit Hibiscus Margarita

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can create a 'mocktail' version by substituting the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply by increasing the amounts of hibiscus tea concentrate and grapefruit juice.

What is the best way to get freshly squeezed grapefruit juice?

The best way is to cut a grapefruit in half and use a citrus juicer or press to extract the juice. Strain the juice to remove any seeds and pulp for a smoother cocktail.

How can I make my own hibiscus tea concentrate?

Steep dried hibiscus flowers in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, then strain and reduce the liquid by simmering until it thickens to a syrup-like consistency.

Is there a specific type of salt recommended for rimming the glass?

Coarse kosher salt or sea salt is best for rimming as it sticks to the glass better and provides a nice texture and flavor contrast.

How long can I store the homemade hibiscus tea concentrate?

Properly stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, homemade hibiscus tea concentrate can last for two weeks.

What is the origin of the Margarita?

The Margarita's origins are disputed, but it is widely believed to have been invented in the 1930s or 1940s in Mexico.

Can I use bottled grapefruit juice instead of fresh?

While fresh is preferred for the best flavor, you can use high-quality, 100% pure bottled grapefruit juice with no added sugars as a convenient alternative.

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