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Ethiopian Hashara (traditional spiced tea)

Simmer 3 tablespoons brewable coffee fruit flakes for 5 minutes in water that has been brought to a boil. French Press or small pan on the stove will work.

  • Add 1 thin slice ginger root or 1/8 tsp powdered ginger.
  • Add 1/8 tsp powdered nutmeg
  • Add a dash of cinnamon

Sweeten to taste; small squeeze of lemon juice optional.

Cascara Latte (better than Starbucks)

Take a small amount of cascara and either grind it in a blade-type coffee grinder or food processor till it is in small pieces (1/16th inch or so). Add to your favorite brewing recipe for drip coffee or espresso.

Espresso version: Pack 3 parts coffee and 1 part ground cascara into espresso filter chamber. Set for pre-soak if you can, wait for several seconds, then run the shot.

In a cup warmed by hot water, put 2 – 3 tablespoons of hot milk or half and half, and 1 tablespoon raw sugar or your choice of sweetener, pour in the espresso and stir. Or, you can use the syrup if you have it, just add 2 tablespoon per latte.

Cascara Punch (a warm weather refresher)

  • 6 parts Cascara brewed liquid (simmer flakes in hot water, 1:4 measure, 4 min.)
  • 16 parts pineapple juice
  • 1 part Cinnamon Whiskey (or use cinnamon oil or powdered cinnamon)

Combine these ingredients over ice, stir thoroughly, and add 6 parts mineral water or seltzer (or try Ginger Ale for a variation).

Cascara Ham Glaze

Put 3 heaping tablespoons of cascara into hot or boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes, then drain. Pour the liquid into a bowl and add the contents of a jar of Cherry Jam and a pich of cinnamon. Chop two tablespoons of the cascara fruit pieces into smaller pieces and add to bowl. Stir vigorously until you have a good consistency for glaze, pour over ham before baking.

  • Cascara Refresher (using Fruitations or Jo Snow syrups)
  • 6 oz brewed Cascara liquid (simmer flakes in hot water, 1:4 measure, 4 min.)
  • 3 tablespoons flavored syrup – Cranberry, Cardamom Rose, etc.
    • (You may want to add a an additional tablespoon of sugar to the Cranberry version)
  • Pour over ice.

Options: Add lime juice or lime seltzer. For a cocktail drink, add 1/5 ounce Limoncello liquor or Gosling’s Dark Rum to your preference.

Cascara Soda

This works in a variety of combinations. Just use cascara syrup and seltzer water, or add any of the following that work well with the taste of cascara: Pineapple juice, lemon or lime juice, cinnamon, or a shot of ginger ale.

Cascara Rum Cocktail

1 oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum (if not available, use any Dark or Black Rum)

1 oz. Cascara Syrup (boil 1 part cascara, 2 parts water, 2 parts sugar for 10 minutes, then strain, to make cascara syrup)
1/2 – 1 oz. fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice for thirty seconds, double strain into coupe or martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel if desired. Adjust proportions by tartness of lemon juice. For a sparkling refresher, less intense cocktail, add a splash of sparkling mineral water and 3 oz. cracked ice and serve in a martini glass.

Cascara Rickey

  • 2 oz. Cascara Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Sambucca Liquor
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Sparkling mineral water

Combine and shake with ice for thirty seconds, double strain into coupe or martini glass to drink as a sweet cordial. To make a Cascara Rickey Refresher, add 1/3 cup of ice and 1/3 cup of seltzer water (or to the concentration you prefer).

Serve with the crushed lime or lime slice. This is an intense sweet/sour/tangy drink with all the summer pleasure of a Lime Rickey but the je n’est sais quoi of Sambucca that does not advertise its presence overtly. For a non-alcoholic version, use anise spice or oil to taste.


  • 1/2 oz Jack Daniels Old #7 Whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Jack Daniels Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Cascara Syrup
  • 6 ounces sparkling mineral water

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake for 20 seconds. Pour sparkling mineral water into cocktail shaker, shake gently twice, and pour contents into a tall ice tea glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

Or, get really crazy and…

add Cascara Syrup to unsweetened yogurt for a really delicious treat, or pour over ice cream!