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Karkade

This hibiscus tea recipe is perfect for the season of ramadan but also during the summer. It is filled with mint, honey, lime and ice making for a cooling drink in the heat. 

When you think of iced tea the immediate thought is not this Karkade recipe. I first tried this a few weeks ago at an Iftar dinner and it was absolutely delicious. I had to make my own recipe at home, after trying out a few versions and tweaking the the proportions I am finally happy with this recipe. It is tricky to get this hibiscus tea flavor balanced well as it can be very tart, the mint and and honey add a sweetness to the drink while the lime adds a zesty refreshing flavor.

Now there is no confusion on where it originated from, it came from the country of Egypt and it was considered to be the drink of the Pharaos, it is recognized for its deep red color that has a hint of cranberry like flavor but it is floral and fruity all in one. We do not need much to make this recipe but you do need good quality Hibiscus flower petals. You can buy the syrup as well but it doesn’t hit the same. Trust me, I would recommend buying the petals as the flavor is unlike any other. The petals I bought are already dried. If you have fresh flowers, let them dry a little in the dun before boiling in the tea. 

I love adding mint, lime and honey to the tea mixture. The mint will add sweetness but the lime adds a zesty freshness to the tea. You can use lemon instead of lime but I would only recommend using fresh mint and nothing else. The dried stuff doesn’t do anything in comparison to the fresh. The honey is subjective to your palate. I prefer having my tea without any sweetener but a little honey here balances the sourness well. You could use maple syrup, white or brown sugar as well. 

Food Pairing –

Ideally this recipe works well with desserts. A simple Panacotta would work well here. But you could also pair it with coconut recipe such as my Coconut bundt cake or the Bounty bars. Chocolate is a good option as well as it balances out the sourness in the tea. You can try out the Eggless chocolate cake or even the Vegan chocolate cake. If you are looking to pair this with a savory dish then the safest best would be a cheeseboard filled with hard and soft cheeses, fruits, nuts and crackers. You could also serve the tea with hot appetizers like Homemade Falafel, Chicken puffs and some samosas. Cucumber and carrot sticks with hummus would also be a good serving option. 

Now that we have discussed this Hibiscus tea in detail, let us get brewing. Happy Drinking Ninjas!

Karkade

This hibiscus tea recipe is perfect for the season of ramadan but also during the summer. It is filled with mint, honey, lime and ice making for a cooling drink in the heat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Drinks, tea time, Brunch, Party, Celebration, High Tea, Iftar, Suhoor
Cuisine Egyptian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Small stock pot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Strainer
  • Tea pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Hibiscus flower petals
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 2 tbsp Honey or more
  • 5 tsp Lime juice
  • 10 Mint leaves
  • 1 piece Lemongrass

Garnish

  • Mint leaves
  • Lime slices

Instructions
 

  • In a small pot on medium heat add the water, hibiscus flower petals, honey, lime juice, mint leaves and lemon grass. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 5-8 mins.
  • Strain into a tea pot, add ice and let it cool down for 10 mins before serving. Pour into glasses, garnish with mint leaves and lime slices. Serve cold with some dates to break your fast.

Notes

  • The longer you brew the tea the stronger it will get.
  • I like serving this tea cold but you could serve it warm as well. I wouldn’t garnish it with mint leaves if serving hot.
  • Add as much honey or sweetener you need to make it sweet enough.

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