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Last Updated on June 12, 2020 by The ‘Noms.

A flowery hibiscus 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.



   Hibiscus Simple Syrup in a bottle




Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Of course these beautiful flowers also can be used to make a delicious hibiscus simple syrup. You can use Hibiscus Tea if you don’t have fresh flowers that can be used in 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 petals 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.





Hibiscus Simple Syrup in a bottle




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!



What Ingredients are Needed for the Hibiscus Simple Syrup?

  • Hibiscus Petals
  • Sugar
  • Water







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Hibiscus simple syrup can add a rich floral flavor to cocktails or sodas.
Yield: 1

Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A floral simple syrup, make with hibiscus petals.


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


Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil.

Take off heat and add hibiscus petals, let steep for 15 minutes.

Strain out petals.

Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 1 week.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

I just made this hibiscus syrup from fresh flowers growing on my 15-year old hibiscus plant that spends its summers outdoors and winters indoors at my Canadian home. It is delicious! My flowers were a deep red, but the syrup is a very dark but lovely shade of purple. I used it to flavour a batch of homemade kombucha (along with raspberries) and I can’t wait to taste that in a couple of days once it has been bottled. Thanks for the recipe, and for the comments about being able to use fresh petals. It worked great for me.


Wednesday 9th of September 2020

@The 'Noms., The kombucha was delicious, but a bit too sweet. In order to get the hibiscus flavour, I needed about 200mLs of the syrup for an 3L batch of brew. So I think next time I make the syrup I will use half the amount of sugar. I’m not worried about it not keeping as long, as I will/freeze whatever I don’t use at the time. Have you tried freezing the syrup?

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Fantastic! I love hearing how everyone has different colored syrup, it's so interesting! Hope you enjoy, and thanks for sharing! Leah


Saturday 2nd of May 2020

I think that is important to note that if you are using dried hibiscus flowers it is important to soak them in cold water briefly before adding them to the boiling water, this prevents the petals from burning and decreases the chance of making your syrup bitter:)

The 'Noms.

Monday 4th of May 2020

That's a great tip, and one we had never thought of! We will have to try it!

upasana asopa

Saturday 6th of April 2019

hey dear, can i use fresh hibiscus flower to make syrup.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 6th of April 2019

You sure can! Just don't use as many petals as dried, because it will be too dark of a color. Enjoy!

Manon Dewit

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Hi there! I live in a tropical island and have a lot of hibscus flowers. Do you think that if would also work if I don't have dried hibiscus but "fresh"? thanks

The 'Noms.

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

Yes! We actually made ours with fresh, but have also tried dried! Let us know how it goes.

Miss Angie (@MySoCalledChaos)

Saturday 25th of June 2016

This looks amazing! It would taste so good in a drink...

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