Hibiscus Tea: Karkadè

Hibiscus Tea: Karkadè

Karkadè, the intense Hibiscus flower-based tea of Egyptian origin is good in any season, usually served hot in winter and well chilled in summer.

The main ingredient of karkadè is rich in flavonoids and ascorbic acid (which gives the infusion a sour aftertaste ) and is also known as rose of Jamaica.

It acts as a urinary tract antiseptic, combats cystitis, lowers blood pressure, helps relieve constipation, normalises liver functions, and is extremely refreshing.
Just like our lemon juice, it contains vitamin C and has antibacterial properties that make it a great ally against airways inflammation.

Wish to make cold karkadè?

You’ll need:

  • 1 litre of water
  • 3 bags of karkadè tea or 5/6 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers (found at herbalist’s shops)
  • Ice
  • 6 tablespoons Limmi Sweet & Sour


Boil the water, place the Hibiscus flowers or tea bags in a pitcher, pour the hot water into it, cover the top, and let it infuse for at least 3 hours.
Remove the bags (or strain out the flowers), then transfer the karkadè to another pitcher. Add at least 6 tablespoons of Limmi Sweet & Sour and mix thoroughly.

If you prefer a zero sugar version, use regular Limmi lemon juice instead of Limmi Sweet & Sour.

Store in the refrigerator, and serve it in tumblers over ice.

Perhaps not everyone knows…

Soak a cotton ball in cold karkadè and rub it over your skin to soothe inflammation, especially after prolonged exposure to the sun.