karkade – iced tea or martini


When I visited my parents last month, they reintroduced me to karkade, something I had not had since I was a kid in Egypt almost 20 years ago. In other places, karkade would be called hibiscus tea. The iced version of Egypt and Sudan is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer’s day and I highly recommend making some immediately as these days seem to be aspiring to reach 100. The recipe for the karkade was what my mom told me to do and the martini is my own creation based on my appreciation of gin in the summer. Although the martini looks incredibly girly, the taste is not. I hope you enjoy either or both versions!


  • hibiscus
  • 3/4-1 cup sugar
  • for martini: gin, diet 7-up or club soda, and lime

karkade iced tea instructions:

  • Using a 3 quart saucepan, fill almost full of water. Add in handful (I don’t have large hands) of hibiscus and sugar (more sugar if you like sweet tea). Bring to a full boil. Take off heat and let cool on stove.
  • Use a tea strainer to strain out hibiscus.
  • Cool in fridge.
  • Serve over a lot of ice.

karkade martini instructions:

  • Proportions for 1 serving: 1 oz gin, 1-2 oz karkade iced tea, 1 oz diet 7-up or club soda, 2 wedges of lime
  • Mix all liquid and one lime wedge in shaker or glass.
  • Serve over ice with a lime wedge as garnish.

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