This year Ramadan falls in April, one of the hottest months. Going without food or drinking from dawn to sunset, one must make sure to be well hydrated when breaking the fast. One famous Egyptian drink, which is usually served in the month of Ramadan is Karkadeh, or Hibiscus. This drink can be made as tea, or cold as a punch.
Karkadeh is my favorite drink during Ramadan, and especially this year with temperatures reaching an all-time high. Its bitter taste reminds me of Cranberry juice, and is very easy to make. I recommend preparing it in large quantities and only storing it in the refrigerator. Be careful, because dark red pigment can stain some surfaces.
½ cup dry Karkadeh leaves
6 cups water (enough to fill a pitcher)
6 Tbsp sugar
Boil the water, take off the heat, add in the sugar and mix to dissolve.
Add in the Karkadeh leaves, and stir. Allow to cool, then refrigerate.
I like to keep the leaves in, then pour through a strainer when serving. You may opt to strain them before refrigerating. In that case, allow the leaves to soak for at least 30 mins before removing.
You can always add more water if it becomes too strong.
This sugar content is how I like it, tart. If you prefer sweet drinks, I suggest you taste while hot to check.
What is your favorite Ramadan drink or summer thirst quencher?