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Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

May 1, 2012

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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  1. May 2, 2012 3:27 AM

    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. May 3, 2012 6:00 PM

    I can’t get over how much I love your recipes!

  3. May 4, 2012 12:22 PM

    Looks delicious perfect for cinco de mayo!!

  4. May 4, 2012 12:29 PM

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  5. May 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    These sound so delicious!

  6. May 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    Tonight…tonight…
    :)

  7. May 4, 2012 1:00 PM

    Reblogged this on lifeologymagazine and commented:
    Love how from-scratch these are… Summerlicious!

  8. May 4, 2012 1:06 PM

    “Agua de Jamaica” hibiscus tea is one of my favorite refreshing drinks – how zany and brilliant to push it to the next level with tequila! I am so down.

  9. May 4, 2012 1:20 PM

    I don’t drink, but perhaps a virgin modification on this recipe? Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • May 4, 2012 1:42 PM

      Thanks! You can definitely omit the tequila and just double the recipe so you have more liquid or add your favorite fruit juice or tea in stead of tequila

  10. May 4, 2012 1:33 PM

    Delicious

  11. May 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    yum going to try these this weekend!

  12. May 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    That looks really good!! I’ve never eaten Ibiscus flower!!..just my tortoises did it!! :)

  13. May 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    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.

  14. May 4, 2012 1:48 PM

    Beautiful and yummy! It’s not #wine, but it is a great party solution to better #margaritas!

  15. May 4, 2012 1:53 PM

    Yes please! Totally going to dust off the ice cream maker this weekend…

  16. Ilayda Ozsan permalink
    May 4, 2012 2:01 PM

    Reblogged this on Sağlıklı Ye Mutlu Yaşa and commented:
    Mmmm!

  17. May 4, 2012 2:23 PM

    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

    • May 4, 2012 3:41 PM

      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.

  18. May 4, 2012 3:12 PM

    Holy cinco de mayo, I just found what I’m drinking after work today. A-maz-ing.

  19. May 4, 2012 3:18 PM

    There are lots of Hibiscus flowers where I live, so will definitely try this soon. Great idea, would love to get tipsy on these!

  20. May 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    Sounds good.

  21. May 4, 2012 3:51 PM

    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!

  22. May 4, 2012 4:19 PM

    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.
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  23. May 4, 2012 4:28 PM

    That looks delicious.

  24. May 4, 2012 4:32 PM

    They look too pretty to drink.

  25. May 4, 2012 5:57 PM

    I will definitely be trying this over the summer, they look wonderful!

  26. Janice permalink
    May 4, 2012 6:10 PM

    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? ;)

    • May 5, 2012 11:57 AM

      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.

  27. May 4, 2012 8:14 PM

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

  28. May 4, 2012 8:49 PM

    These sound very tempting. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed

  29. sarahsjoys permalink
    May 4, 2012 9:57 PM

    A friend gave me some hibiscus flower powder. Maybe I’ll have to try these out using some of that! One of my all time favorites are Prickly Pear Margaritas. I have a recipe at: http://sarahsjoys.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/prickly-pear-margaritas-from-scratch/ if you are interested. Thanks for a new margarita to try! They will go well with our fish tacos tomorrow. :) Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  30. May 5, 2012 12:49 AM

    Sounds very interesting! Will love to try some of this, never had a hibiscus margarita before :) Innovative, great job! Thanks for sharing!

  31. May 5, 2012 1:44 AM

    Hi there, what is cinco de mayo?!

    • May 6, 2012 9:57 PM

      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!

  32. May 5, 2012 2:26 AM

    great tip, there’s nothing worse than watered down drink :-)

  33. May 5, 2012 2:28 AM

    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!

  34. May 5, 2012 2:28 AM

    Well yummo!! Had to reblog that!! Thanks for posting!

  35. May 5, 2012 4:49 AM

    nice sure i will try….

  36. May 5, 2012 8:40 AM

    clever use of an ice cream machine–and they look so pretty too!

  37. May 5, 2012 9:55 AM

    Reblogged this on LifeDelicacy's Blog and commented:
    HAPPY CINCO de MAYO 2012

  38. May 5, 2012 10:16 AM

    these look delicious! what rich and beautiful color, yummy! what a wonderful post;-)

  39. May 5, 2012 10:36 AM

    yummy!

  40. May 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Reblogged this on Make Something Every Day and commented:
    For Jackie M…

  41. May 5, 2012 1:15 PM

    Very nice!

  42. May 5, 2012 1:18 PM

    oh lovely. my favorite flower is hibiscus. I will have to try this. Blessings Dr. Sherry

  43. May 5, 2012 1:52 PM

    Defnetly i will try to make this tonight

  44. May 5, 2012 2:18 PM

    This is great! I’m trying it with a hibiscus tea. Do you ever cook with tea?

    • May 6, 2012 9:54 PM

      I haven’t cooked with tea just yet, but I am a tea lover

      • May 8, 2012 12:29 AM

        Look up Cynthia Gold and Culinary Tea. She’s an amazing woman and chef with an amazing book.

  45. May 5, 2012 2:55 PM

    Excellent! Wowo, have never thought of this idea – an ice slush for a margarita! I do not like watery coctails either and if thay add a cream liquir for thickness it has to be creamy and creamy means sweet and sweet is not refreshing…:( Gonna try this out, sounds really really good! :)

    Greetings from a hot springy Lithuania. ;)

    http://dressupforme.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/bohemian-comfort-zone/

  46. The LensMaster permalink
    May 5, 2012 2:59 PM

    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!!!!

  47. May 5, 2012 3:12 PM

    Um, YES! Looks like the specialty marg I was searching for on Cinco de Mayo. Thanks for writing!
    Visit me at theusualbliss.com sometime!

  48. May 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    this makes me thirsty! it has been TOO LONG since i had anything with tequila in it…babymommaproblems. ;)

  49. May 5, 2012 4:13 PM

    These look delicious! Must try them today, I’m sure they’ll be a hit ;)

  50. May 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    wow that looks absolutely amazing. hope it tastes as good as it looks! i bet it does!

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  51. May 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    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.

  52. May 5, 2012 10:35 PM

    This drink is called Sobolo in Ghana. No alcohol tho

  53. May 6, 2012 1:02 AM

    YES YES YES YES YES. Now I just need to turn 21…

  54. May 6, 2012 1:32 AM

    This recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  55. May 6, 2012 3:58 AM

    These look soooo good! Definitely going to make them during the summer

  56. May 6, 2012 4:29 AM

    Looks refreshing! very nice!

  57. May 6, 2012 6:13 AM

    Would love to try these sometime. Great post. Glad I checked out your blog!

  58. lolathepirate permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:26 AM

    Oh wow these look delicious!

  59. May 6, 2012 10:22 AM

    I cook with hibiscus a lot, since it is a perpetual bloomer in my tropical gardens; http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/quinoa-spinach-hibiscus-tabouli/
    i was delighted to see that someone else loves pairing hibiscus with tequila! it makes a beatiful presentation, and i love the ice-cream maker concept.
    great post! z

  60. May 6, 2012 12:07 PM

    I love cooking with hibiscus, and have an abundance of flowers year round in my garden in the tropics. http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/quinoa-spinach-hibiscus-tabouli/
    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

  61. May 6, 2012 1:08 PM

    I’m definitely making those yummy margaritas next weekend, they look awesome! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  62. May 6, 2012 1:24 PM

    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

  63. May 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    Reblogged this on luxeostyle and commented:
    A delicious way to fight this dreary grey weather!

  64. May 6, 2012 3:05 PM

    sub the sugar for agave. 2 parts agave for every 1 part tequila. I promise you, you’ll never go back.

    • May 6, 2012 9:42 PM

      Thanks! I usually use agave for my margaritas. I actually ran out! They are even better with agave

  65. May 6, 2012 3:28 PM

    Reblogged this on Impulsive Heartbeat's Blog.

  66. May 6, 2012 4:53 PM

    Looks delicious!!!yummy,the mixture is the perfect consistency for a great margarita.

  67. May 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    Beautiful post and taken very good colour photographs of icecream.Thanks for sharing.I like to eat icecream,specially in summer season.

  68. May 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    Yummy! Sounds like they might even be good for you with all those great ingredients!

  69. May 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    Sounds delicious!!

  70. May 6, 2012 5:20 PM

    That looks phenomenal! I’m bookmarking this :)

  71. May 6, 2012 5:28 PM

    Wow these just look amazing, love margaritas. They are definitely a must for the next party :)

  72. May 6, 2012 6:47 PM

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

  73. May 6, 2012 7:52 PM

    These look absolutely delicious!

  74. May 6, 2012 8:36 PM

    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!

  75. May 6, 2012 9:13 PM

    Reblogged this on the Pub servation and commented:
    I must try this. Great blog idea.

  76. May 6, 2012 9:54 PM

    Oh yeah. I can taste this already.

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  78. May 7, 2012 12:10 AM

    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.

  79. May 7, 2012 12:52 AM

    Reblogged this on funkyfoodfortune and commented:
    Sounds refreshing, what a great idea to use an icecream machine! I must try! :)

  80. May 7, 2012 2:24 AM

    Reblogged this on Makais.com Blog and commented:
    thirsty? these sound good

  81. May 7, 2012 3:30 AM

    The lime and the orange will make the true margarita taste. May I get a taster?

  82. May 7, 2012 4:37 AM

    What a beautiful color, and they sound delicious!

  83. May 7, 2012 9:16 AM

    Looks incredibly tasty!

  84. May 7, 2012 9:57 AM

    Reblogged this on TEES AND MORE and commented:
    Yummmmmmm

  85. May 7, 2012 10:16 AM

    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.

  86. May 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    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.

  87. Alyssa permalink
    May 7, 2012 9:14 PM

    Thanks for this recipe, just what I need for tonight. :)

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  88. May 8, 2012 3:29 AM

    mmmm my mouth is watering and it is only 8.30am…………..these look good.

  89. May 8, 2012 7:34 AM

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

    vanilla_thunder

  90. www.macuisineetvous.com permalink
    May 8, 2012 10:59 AM

    Nice presentation, for a good recipe
    Thanks
    Chantal

  91. May 9, 2012 1:23 AM

    Nice post and thanks for the good recipe.
    marg swarnabhoomi

  92. twiggymoli permalink
    May 9, 2012 6:34 AM

    Reblogged this on The Township Cupcake and commented:
    Drink up! Perfect for when you are entertaining guests :)

  93. May 9, 2012 8:09 AM

    Right now it’s a little early, but boy that looks mighty tasty!

  94. lijiujiu permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:47 PM

    What I want to say….it must be very very delicious…Thanks for sharing.

  95. May 15, 2012 9:53 PM

    I wanna try this at home, too! But can I use hibiscus tea bags instead of dried hibiscus flower? I only get to buy organic hibiscus tea bags.

  96. May 15, 2012 11:04 PM

    Great I like ^^

  97. Chris permalink
    September 12, 2012 12:39 AM

    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.

  98. December 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    How original and refreshing.

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