Monday, May 16, 2011

The Pharaoh's Tonic aka Karkade (Hibiscus Tea)

One of my favorite teas in Egypt has become the ancient recipe of Karkade, red Hibiscus tea.  In Ancient Egypt, the tea was served as a celebratory drink during weddings and considered a favorite among the Pharaohs. Many health benefits include lowering blood pressure, high Vtamin C content as well as electrolytes. The tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor with a full mouth feel of sweetness that is served hot or cold. A sweet-tart in liquid form for sure! On a hot day, the chilled option is a definite choice! On ice with a squeeze of lime? Perfect!
Karkade- Egyptian Hibiscus Tea

  • 2 quarts plus 1/2 cup water

  • 1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ice cubes

  • 1 lime, sliced thin

    Heat water to a boil. Add hibiscus flowers and sugar. Simmer for 2 minutes or until sugar is fully dissolved. Turn off heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a serving vessel. Add ice and lime for garnish. Enjoy!

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