This easy Homemade Hibiscus Simple Syrup is made with just 2 simple ingredients. Perfect for cocktails and great to use with baked goods, ice cream, coffee and tea, and more! Gluten-free and vegan.
This homemade hibiscus simple syrup recipe is great for having on hand to make vibrant hibiscus cocktails. But, it is a delicious way to flavor more than just drinks.
Besides making some of the prettiest pink cocktails, it can add fruity floral flavor to baked goods, hot tea, and other homemade drinks.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Great way to flavor your favorite drink
- Simple ingredients
- Versatile syrup
What is hibiscus?
The vibrant bloom from the hibiscus flowering plant is used for tea. It is known for its tart flavor and red-pink color. The beautiful flower also boasts health benefits like helping to lower blood pressure.
Ingredients and substitutions
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete ingredient list and instructions in the recipe card below.
Hibiscus tea bags - Tea bags are an easy way to make a hibiscus infusion and can be found in most grocery stores. You can use dried hibiscus flowers instead of tea bags. Use a ¼ cup of dried flowers in place of tea bags.
Organic cane sugar - If you want to keep this syrup vegan-friendly, opt for organic.
Before you start: Get out all the ingredients, this will go quickly!
Step 1: Place one cup of water in a small pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add hibiscus tea bags. Steep the tea for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Remove the tea bags and add one cup of sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool completely.
- If using dried hibiscus petals instead of tea bags, strain them out using a fine wire mesh strainer.
- Just like with fruit-infused syrup, you can play with flavor options. Do this by choosing a different type of sugar. Maple syrup, coconut sugar, or honey can slightly alter the final product.
- Bottle up this delicious syrup and use it as a holiday gift.
- For a thicker homemade simple syrup, use a 2:1 sugar-to-water ratio.
How to store
Allow the syrup to completely cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container, glass jar, or mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
There are so many ways to use homemade hibiscus syrup!
- Add some fruity flavor to French toast, oatmeal, or pancakes. Drizzle a little on top instead of maple syrup.
- Use as a glaze or topping for cookies, quick bread, and ice cream.
- Flavor iced tea, herbal tea, coffee drinks, or Italian sodas.
- Great for use in non-alcoholic drinks. Make a tropical flower mocktail!
- Flavored simple syrup can transform a classic cocktail. Try it in this hibiscus tequila cocktail or use it in place of simple syrup and make a hibiscus margarita!
Yes! You can use dried hibiscus flowers instead of tea bags. Use a ¼ cup of dried flowers in place of tea bags.
This tea-infused simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Infused simple syrups do not have as long a shelf life as basic simple syrup.
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Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- Place one cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add hibiscus tea. Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and add one cup of sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. (If using dried hibiscus petals, use a fine mesh sieve to strain out the tea.)
- If using dried hibiscus petals, use a fine mesh sieve to strain out the tea.
- Let the syrup cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.