Also called karkadeh in Arabic and served throughout North Africa, especially in Egypt, hot hibiscus tea soothes the throat and has a strong, vibrant taste, nothing like the diluted herbal teas you might’ve only tried until now.
Hibiscus tea is rich with minerals and vitamin C, and served hot it loses a bit of its characteristic and explosive sour.
Hot Hibiscus Tea
1 cup dried red hibiscus flowers
1 liter of filtered water
1. Boil the water.
2. Rinse the hibiscus flowers in filtered water, if they’re dusty.
3. Lay the leaves in the bottom of a tea kettle or a thermos.
4. When the water boils, remove it from the heat and gently pour the water over the hibiscus flowers.
5. Let them steep for 7 to 10 minutes, then serve with honey.
- As a hot drink for your afternoon tea.
- With basbousa as a sweet snack.
- Poured over sprigs of fresh mint.