There are quiet a few local drinks that are consumed in Senegal but Bissap might as well be the national drink of Senegal so of course we had to make a cocktail version. Bissap is a non-alcoholic beverage made from the flowers of the hibiscus plant. This drink is actually drank all over West Africa but known by different names. For example, in Ghana its called Sobolo.
As you all know Rum is king (or rather queen) in Dupsy´s world so we decided to use rum as our liquor of choice to make a simple yet refreshing Bissap cocktail.
This cocktail is perfect for any warm summer day or on any winter day on which you need to remember the joys of summer.
- Juice of 7 limes (approximately 1/4 cup)
- A handful of mint
- 3 cups of hibiscus flowers
- 1 cup of sugar
- 5 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of Sugar Syrup
- 1/2 cup of dark rum
- 1/3 cup of Grand Marnier
- 2 slices limes
- 4 cups of ice
Prepare Bissap juice
- Bring 5 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil
- Add 3 cups of Hibiscus flowers to boiling water
- Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes
- Strain the juice and allow to cool for 20 minutes
- Cut the 2 limes for garnishing into slices.
- In a shaker, add the lime juice, Grand Marnier, rum, sugar syrup, 3 cups of Bissap juice and stir.
- Fill 2 long drink glasses with ice and pour the mixture over it.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.