Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This tangy and sweet beverage is found all over Egypt, but is especially popular with street vendors. From Party By the Pyramids. NOTES: Dried hibiscus flowers can be found at specialty food stores and at Latin and Caribbean markets, where they are called sorrel or flor de Jamaica.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 quarts water
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 12 cups dried hibiscus flowers (1 1/2 ounces, see Note above)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ice cube


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water and hibiscus flowers and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. Pour the drink into a medium bowl. Fill a larger bowl with ice water and set the smaller bowl inside.
  5. Stir the drink occasionally until chilled, about 10 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and serve in tall glasses over ice.
Most Helpful

I love Hibiscus Tea and this recipe does not disappoint, quick and super easy to make. It was a very pretty dark purple color, very flavorful and smooth. Made exactly as written and wouldn't change a thing. It is wonderful served with ice, but best when chilled. I added Del Monte's Tropical Fruit Juice to some for my granddaughter and she loved it, as did I. Thank you for sharing a recipe that I will use again.

Baby Kato December 08, 2013

Delicious! I think the amount of hibiscus could be reduced or just plan on resteeping to get the most out of them. I steeped them twice with no reduction in strength. The 3rd steeping was weak so I added some black tea leaves & made hibiscus iced tea. :) Made for Welcome to Egypt in the NA/ME Forum 5/12.

Elmotoo May 31, 2012

I steeped 3 ounces of hibiscus in hot water with Lavender Sugar With Vanilla. Then added 1/2 to a pitcher filled with ice adding additional cold water. Sorry just getting to the review long overdue. Thanks!!!

Rita~ September 09, 2008