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Hibiscus Syrup

Flavored simple syrups are a great way to incorporate new flavors into your cocktails, and this hibiscus syrup is so easy to make. It will add a sweet, floral flavor to your drink recipes, and create an unexpected twist when replacing simple syrup.

A bottle of hibiscus simple syrup with some cocktails surrounding it.

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What I love about hibiscus simple syrup

It’s basically like brewing a really sweet tea, using a regular 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, with an added tea bag. I always like to make a double batch of any simple syrup I make, so I’ve actually used two hibiscus tea bags, but the ratio is still 1:1:1.

There’s so many ways you can use this hibiscus simple syrup, beyond cocktails. It would make a really great lemonade mocktail or even an Italian soda, but I like I’ve really enjoyed mixing it with a little more unexpected liquors like in this blood orange mezcalita and my pineapple bourbon cocktail.

Feel free to play around with it and add it in place of simple syrup in other recipes as well.

Hibiscus simple syrup in a cocktail jigger being poured into a cocktail.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

A bottle of hibiscus simple syrup next to a cocktail jigger and some cocktails.

How to make hibiscus simple syrup

Simmer the syrup. Bring your water to a simmer over low heat, and add the sugar. Stir frequently as the sugar begins to dissolve and allow it to continue simmering until it’s completely dissolved.

Steep the tea. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add your tea bag (or tea bags). Steep the tea as the liquid cools to room temperature. Discard your tea bags and transfer the syrup to an airtight container or jar.

Refrigerate until ready to use. Be sure to keep your hibiscus syrup in the fridge, where it will last for about 4 weeks.

A bottle of hibiscus simple syrup next to a cocktail jigger and some cocktails.

FAQs and tips on making simple syrup

How long can you keep hibiscus simple syrup?

This beautiful simple syrup should keep just fine in the fridge for about 4 weeks.

A bottle of hibiscus simple syrup next to a cocktail jigger and some cocktails.

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Hibiscus Simple Syrup

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Mixer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 2 cup water
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 hibiscus tea bags


  1. Bring water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Simmer until sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Add tea bags and steep until cooled to room temperature.
  4. Discard teabags and transfer to an airtight container or bottle.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 49.9 g
  • Sodium: 5.2 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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