Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and this margarita is perfect! For this recipe I used my ice cream machine to get these margaritas nice and icy. I hate when margaritas are watered down, which is why I hate adding regular ice cubes. When you use this method, your margarita can also double as a dessert. After about 15-20 minutes in the ice cream machine, the mixture is the perfect consistency for a great margarita. If you freeze the mixture, it becomes refreshing hibiscus margarita sorbet. Try serving the frozen sorbet with a little tequila or champagne on top.

Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas 

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of 3 limes
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • ½ cup tequila

Place hibiscus flowers and vanilla bean in a saucepan with the cup of water and bring to a boil. After water is boiling remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain mixture to remove hibiscus flowers and vanilla bean. Add mixture back to pan and add sugar. Simmer for about 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add lime zest, lime juice, orange juice, and tequila. Chill mixture until it has cooled completely.

Once mixture is cool, place in your ice cream machine and process according to manufacturers instructions. After about 20 minutes, mixture is ready to serve. You can also freeze and serve as sorbet.

*I used a lime zest mixed with salt to rim the glasses

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124 thoughts on “Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

  1. Wow, what a brilliant idea to use an ice cream maker to achieve that margarita slush! I am definitely going to try this. Your hibiscus margaritas sounds and look delicious.

  2. What an amazing idea! I also hate it when frozen margaritas get too watery. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ice cream maker yet. I plan on getting one as soon as I get my KitchenAid mixer.

    Congrats on freshly pressed.

  3. it sounds good, but how does the vanilla beans taste in it? what kind of texture do they have….I have a thing about seeds..why I dont like strawberries or raspberries

    1. The vanilla bean just gives it a slight vanilla flavor you definitely don’t have to add vanilla. You could also just use vanilla extract too. The seeds from the vanilla bean won’t really change the texture of the margarita but you will be able to see brown flecks of the beans throughout the margarita.

  4. The ice cream maker idea is genius–I’m not sure where I can get my hands on hibiscus flowers, but I’ll definitely try the technique!

  5. Now this is amazing after a long week. I’m a event coordinator for Breast cancer and it’s quite a week hearing the stories of pain and who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. At the end of the week a nice chilled drink works especially in the heat of Tampa Florida.
    you can follow me on my journey to breast cancer awareness on twitter @sjshavers
    good job on making the front.

  6. Wow. Those look sooo yummy. If I wasn’t breastfeeding my baby, I would totally make one. Oh, and it might help if I liked tequila too. I don’t. Is there a virgin version? 😉

    1. You can definitely omit the tequila and add any fresh fruit juice that you like. You can also double the recipe so there is more liquid to fill your ice cream machine. You will probably have to cut the sugar in abut half too.

  7. This looks great and not too difficult. I might just need to give this a try! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on freshly pressed.

    1. Cinco de Mayo is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Most people use it as an excuse to drink margaritas!

  8. Reblogged this on wordstobeginby and commented:
    I love the look and feel of a Hibiscus flower – they are the typical island flower that just screams Summer! So when I saw them cleverly worked into a margarita recipe I just stopped and said ALOHA!! Make your next barbeque beverage a little bit special … or what the hey – consume one just because it’s Wednesday … we all need some floral tributes in our lives!

  9. From what I know, Hibiscus is a Gumamela…we only use that to make bubbles…never thought it can be turned into a margarita…INTERESTING!!!!

  10. Went to my first Cinco de Mayo party today – it’s not really celebrated here in the UK. Had some great margaritas but I LOVE the look of your Hibiscus ones. Stunning colour. Sadly I don’t have an ice-cream maker, perhaps I should invest in one. Congrats re getting freshly pressed.

      1. thanks! The “quinouli’ follow up was about the breakfast fritatta that was really really good. Luckily I live where quinoa is grown, and a bag costs — (are you ready?) $1.33!
        I look forward to exploring your blog. Z

  11. I love cooking with hibiscus, and have an abundance of flowers year round in my garden in the tropics.
    Your post made me smile, as I too, love using hibiscus in drinks.. substitue pisco and you have a piscorita, quite nice with the hibiscus as well. Although I doubt if an ice-cream machine could be found anywhere near where I live, I loved your concept and look forward to when I can try that method!
    If this came through twice, perdon! The connection was lost just as I hit the “Post Comment” button.
    Lisa /Z

  12. Sounds and looks very special. We don’t ‘do’ Cinco de Mayo here in the UK, and the hibiscus flowers might be a bit tricky to come by but might have to get my Floridian to ship some over. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed too. Enjoy the limelight. It’s a great feeling

  13. Looks super tasty! I’m not a tequila fan so maybe I can substitute with vodka or rum. 🙂

  14. We just came home from mexican food, I’m parched, sit down at my computer and look at those beautiful drinks. How I wish one was sitting in front of me right now! Those look delicious!

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  16. We drink hibiscus tea all the time and remark how pretty the color is. It was on our list to make something with it to use that glorious color. This is a great idea! Since we live in a dry community, we may go for the sorbet version instead of the margarita version. Thanks for posting this.
    Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.

  17. these look amazing! i’m sad i didn’t stumble across this blog before i drank watery margaritas on cinco de mayo – but luckily, every day is a good day for a margarita.

  18. This looks amazing…can’t wait to try it. Also…where did you get the beautiful glasses and serving tray? The presentation is splendid! This is first time to the site. I saw a link from another blog and clicked over.

  19. ice cream shaker/ why didnt i think of that…..this is epic!!!!
    so going to give it a go….*yumyum*


  20. Begging your pardon, but did you post a quantity? I’m dying to take this to a party but need to know how much to bring. It looks like it makes about 12 oz (1.7 cups) as-is.

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