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Hibiscus Simple Syrup

This easy homemade hibiscus simple syrup recipe is the perfect substitute for basic simple syrup. Perfect for all of your favorite cocktails.

hibiscus simple syrup

Making simple syrup is easy and making different simple syrups is just as simple. You need a pot, water, sugar, and your favorite ingredients.

Hibiscus simple syrup is one of my favorites and I’ve used it in several drinks. My hibiscus grapefruit margarita is refreshing and sweet. My hibiscus Paloma is perfect for summer. And my hibiscus honey mint julep should be required for all Kentucky Derby parties.

Add it to a classic gin and tonic or vodka soda and there is no need to buy flavored spirits. Think of the money you’ll save!

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How to Make Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Hibiscus simple syrup can be made in advance and kept in a mason jar in the fridge for the next time you are in the mood for cocktails.

Steep some dried hibiscus flowers in boiling water, kind of like when you are making tea. Then pour the liquid through a sieve and strain out the flowers. Pour the hibiscus water back into the pot and make your simple syrup just like if it was plain water.

Voilà! It’s like magic.

I’ve also made hibiscus simple syrup with honey before (hello hibiscus honey mint julep. i miss you.) If you are not feeling like using the granulated sugar, no hard feelings. Use honey instead!

I found dried hibiscus flowers at my local grocery store, in the same section as the dried chili peppers. Amazon has some too, if your grocery store doesn’t carry them. Hibiscus Flowers – Dried – 1 resealable bag, 4 oz

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cooled down simple syrup

Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This easy homemade hibiscus simple syrup recipe is the perfect substitute for basic simple syrup. Perfect for all of your favorite cocktails.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers


  1. In a small pot, combine the water, sugar, and hibiscus flowers. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the syrup into it to strain out the flowers. Shake the strainer a little bit to get all of the syrup out.
  3. Discard the flowers and allow the syrup to cool before using.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g

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