A fruity flavor reminiscent of cherries and pomegranates with just a hint of floral, hibiscus syrup is delicious to use in cocktails, drizzle over desserts, or make refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. You only need 3 ingredients and just a few minutes to make it.
If you haven't tasted hibiscus-infused beverages, I am begging you to make this syrup recipe and change that!
It's such a bright, tropical flavor that adds a great punch to whatever you put it on.
Uses for hibiscus syrup
Hibiscus syrup cocktails and mocktails are such a fun way to add a bright and floral spin to any classic recipe.
If you're in the mood for just a simple fizzy pick-me-up without the alcohol, try adding a little of this magenta syrup to your go-to brand of soda water.
You can also make a homemade fizz and add a touch of hibiscus syrup as well!
Beyond just drinks, you can use it for cooking and baking as well!
So many ways to use it!
What you'll need:
There are a few different ways to make hibiscus syrup. This recipe is my favorite because it's ridiculously easy and fast thanks to the simple ingredients. You'll need:
- hibiscus powder
I purchase the hibiscus powder (affiliate link) straight from Amazon but I've also seen it stocked at Whole Foods and health stores.
An alternative way to make the syrup is to steep the fresh flowers or use a hibiscus-infused tea. Personally, the powder is my favorite for simplicity's sake and the concentrated flavor.
How to make hibiscus syrup
You'll be on your way to making cocktails or your own homemade sodas in no time!
Step 1: Combine the water, sugar, and hibiscus powder in a heavy bottom saucepan.
Step 2: Bring to just a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to lower and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
Step 3: Let cool, bottle, and store.
Unless you plan to use all of it over the course of 1-2 days, I would recommend refrigerating the syrup even if its kept in an airtight container.
On its own the hibiscus simple syrup is sweet because it's usually being added in small quantities to other liquids. This recipe recommends a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar. If you'd like it less sweet lower the amount of sugar.
The hibiscus simple syrup will last for about 1 month, refrigerated in an air-tight container.
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- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup hibiscus powder
- Combine the water, sugar, and hibiscus powder in a heavy bottom saucepan.
- Bring to just a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to lower and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
- Let cool, bottle, and store.
- Let cool before storing.
- Store in an air-tight container.
- Keep refrigerated unless using the entire recipe within 1 to 2 days.