Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

ZWT7 Africa. Very popular in Egypt and Sudan. This beverage is said to have been a preferred drink of the pharaohs. In Egypt and Sudan, wedding celebrations are traditionally toasted with a glass of hibiscus tea. In Egypt, karkadé as it is called in Arabic, is used as a means to lower blood pressure if consumed in high amounts. Every busy street, train station, bus depot, has its vendors & the dried flowers may be found in every market. From,

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 cups dried hibiscus flowers (often called red sorrel or roselle)
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 1 -2 cup sugar
  • 1-2 of the following optional flavorings

  • 1 sprig mint (optional)
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, to be halal make sure there is no alcohol)
  • 12 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon orange flower water (optional)
  • 12 cup lemon juice (optional)


  1. Briefly rinse the dried flowers in cool water.
  2. In a saucepan heat two quarts (approximately two litres) of cold water. As soon as the water begins to boil, add the dried hibiscus. Immediately remove from heat and let the flowers steep for ten minutes.
  3. Pour the water from the pot into a pitcher using a strainer (lined with a cheesecloth) to separate the flowers from the water. (Be sure not to pour any of the flower sediment into the pitcher.).
  4. Stir in the sugar.
  5. Add any other flavorings (if desired).
  6. Add ice and chill completely.
  7. May be served over ice as well.
  8. Note: One common combination of flavorings is vanilla and mint. Bissap can be prepared double-strength, by using only half as much water. The resulting Jus de Bissap can be mixed with seltzer water, or lemon-lime soda. Jus de Bissap can also be mixed in cocktails.
  9. Also called l'Oseille de Guinée, Guinea Sorrel, and Karkadé.


Most Helpful

Made as given, then added a little lemon & we had a wonderfully satisfying cool drink (a number of them, actually) & will be keeping your recipe handy for more of this very nice beverage! Thanks for sharing it! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike August 18, 2011

Wow, wow, wow UmmBinat. I made the vanilla and mint version. I really enjoyed what the vanilla and mint brought to the drink, a lovely mellowed flavor. This is so good and the best part is that it was so quick and easy to make. The hardest part was waiting for the tea to cool before chilling. I will be making this often, thank you for sharing your recipe. Made for ZWT7 (Witchin Kitchen)

Baby Kato June 07, 2011

A pitcher of this in the fridge is heaven during these hot days. I found the hibiscus blossoms at my local Mexican market. Thin slices of lemon are a pretty garnish.

duonyte August 02, 2011

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