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Karkade (Hibiscus Tea) recipe

    Embark on a journey of vibrant flavors with this refreshing Karkade, also known as Hibiscus Tea.

    Known for its stunning crimson hue and tart, floral notes, this tea is a delightful beverage enjoyed in many cultures around the world.

    Brewed from dried hibiscus petals, Karkade offers a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, making it a perfect choice for a cooling, caffeine-free beverage.


    • 1 cup dried hibiscus petals
    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
    • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
    • 1-2 slices of fresh ginger (optional)
    • 1-2 teaspoons orange blossom water (optional)
    • Ice cubes (for serving)
    • Orange slices or mint leaves (for garnish, optional)


    Rinse the Hibiscus Petals

    Begin by rinsing the dried hibiscus petals under cold running water to remove any dust or debris.

    Boil the Water

    In a pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.

    Add Hibiscus Petals

    Once the water is boiling, add the rinsed hibiscus petals to the pot.

    Infuse the Tea

    Reduce the heat to low and let the hibiscus petals simmer for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the petals to infuse the water with their vibrant color and flavor.

    Sweeten the Tea

    Add granulated sugar to the pot, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves.

    Adjust the sweetness to your liking.

    Optional Additions

    For additional flavor complexity, you can add a cinnamon stick or slices of fresh ginger to the pot.

    Simmer for an extra 5 minutes.

    Strain the Tea

    After simmering, remove the pot from heat and strain the tea to separate the hibiscus petals.

    Cool the Tea

    Allow the strained tea to cool to room temperature.

    You can speed up the process by placing it in the refrigerator.

    Optional Flavor Enhancement

    For an extra layer of flavor, add a teaspoon or two of orange blossom water to the cooled tea. Stir well.


    Pour the chilled Karkade over ice cubes in glasses.

    Garnish (Optional)

    Garnish with orange slices or mint leaves for a visually appealing and aromatic touch.


    Sip and savor the refreshing Karkade.

    This hibiscus tea can be enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite snacks.


    This homemade Karkade (Hibiscus Tea) is a celebration of the enchanting flavors found in dried hibiscus petals.

    Its deep red hue and tangy-sweet taste make it a perfect thirst-quencher, especially on warm days.

    Whether enjoyed alone or shared with friends, this delightful tea provides a burst of refreshment that invigorates the senses.

    Embrace the beauty of hibiscus with every sip of this exotic and revitalizing beverage.

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