Hibiscus-Ginger Syrup

homemade syrups
Photo: Chelsea Cavanaugh
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Makes four 12-ounce bottles (about 6 cups)

We love the combination of citrusy hibiscus, spicy fresh ginger, and aromatic cloves in this DIY cocktail syrup. It makes an excellent holiday gift, but be sure to save a bottle for yourself to make our Hibiscus Margarita.


  • 4 cups sugar

  • 24 whole cloves (1 teaspoon)

  • 1 cup julienned fresh ginger (from a 4-ounce piece)

  • 1 ounce dried hibiscus leaves (about ¾ cup)


  1. Combine sugar, cloves, ginger, and 4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high, stirring until sugar is dissolved (if it begins to boil, reduce heat -- boiling will make the syrup cloudy). Remove from heat; let steep 10 minutes. Stir in hibiscus leaves; let steep another 35 minutes.

  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large liquid-measuring cup; discard solids. Refrigerate until completely cool, 1 hour. Pour into gift bottles. Syrup can be stored in bottles, refrigerated, up to 1 month.

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