Dried hibiscus flowers make a lovely deep red, refreshing tea popular in Ghana and other parts of West Africa. The smooth, sweet-tangy combination tends to draw rave reviews. Dried hibiscus flowers pair well with other flavorings, like pineapple and mango juices, as well as some alcohol, like rum. Recently, hibiscus has been touted in the West as an “African superfood.” It is also claimed to help lower blood pressure. This means the dried flowers are becoming much more widely available. This is the first version I learned at Flair in Ghana, and still make most often. Enjoy! But be forewarned, bissap is addictive—not literally, but because it tastes so wonderful.
Pour into a glass with ice and/or sparkling water, as desired. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, fruit slices, or sugarcane swizzle sticks.
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