Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Hibiscus simple syrup can add a rich floral flavor to cocktails or sodas.

A flowery simple syrup perfect for cocktails!



In the summer, we do lots of drinking on the patio by our swimming pool. We love to entertain out by the pool, sipping on cocktails and enjoying a little socializing with friends. Of course any good party has to have good decor, and we always decorate our pool deck with lots of beautiful hibiscus plants which give the pool deck a tropical feel with lots of beautiful flowers.



Of course these beautiful flowers also can be used to make a delicious hibiscus simple syrup that can be used in cocktails or sodas.



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Hibiscus simple syrup can add a rich floral flavor to cocktails or sodas.

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How to Make Hibiscus Simple Syrup?

This syrup is easy to make, but takes some time as you need to collect and dry flower pedals before making the hibiscus simple syrup.  It is also important to note that the color of the syrup can vary greatly depending on the color of the flowers used to make the syrup. We used some blood red flowers and our syrup came out almost black!



The hibiscus syrup is sweet, but with a floral tangy almost citrusy note from the dried hibiscus petals. When used in drinks it can bring a subtle tangy flavor and a bold rich color.




Can Simple Syrups go bad?

They can get moldy if they sit too long. We encourage you to store it in the fridge in an airtight container but for no more than one to two weeks. We actually have a whole shelf of simple syrups in our fridge at any given time!








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Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Yield: 32

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 51

Hibiscus Simple Syrup


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus petals, any color


  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Take off heat and add hibiscus petals, let soak up to 15 minutes.
  4. Strain out petals.
  5. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.



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