Monthly Archives: July 2013

How To: Homemade Shisha

Greetings fellow hookah smokers!  Today I will be showing you my own little recipe for homemade shisha.  After smoking for many years I finally decided to experiment a bit with my own blend, hoping to get a good smoke out of it so as to create some wild flavors down the road (garlic, BBQ, and bacon to name a few I will be trying later on).  Many of you may be thinking “Ewwww, Garlic shisha?!” right about now.  While it may sound weird, we wont know that until the time comes for me to make it.

Anyway, enough talk about obscure flavors for a bit.  What I am here to talk about it not obscure at all, but a homemade clove shisha that I made a little while back.  After scouring the internet for a recipe that I liked, I settled on one by Ezxen over at (I highly recommend this site for anyone getting into hookah, or who already smokes).  I ended up having to modify the recipe a little since my shisha turned out a bit dry the first shot, but overall I am impressed with the outcome.  I packed the bowl just like I would pack Al Fakher (light and fluffy), lit up a coal and smoked it.  The result?  White fluffy clouds, a hint of clove, and a nice cooling sensation caused by the clove.

Continue reading for the recipe I used (modified version of Ezxen’s) as well as a step by step with pictures.  Enjoy!

Shisha Recipe

Ingredients (with Ezxen’s ratios):

  • American Spirit Red Natural Rolling Tobacco (40%)
  • Molasses/Honey (20%)
  • Vegetable Glycerin (20%)
  • Ground Cloves (20%)

Modified Ratio’s

  • Tobacco (36%)
  • Molasses/Honey (23%)
  • Vegetable Glycerin (23%)
  • Ground Cloves(18%)


  1. Wash the tobacco.  This will remove some of the nicotine as well as the tobacco taste, allowing for the flavor of whatever you are adding to come out.  I boiled the tobacco 3 times  for 5 min, or until the water was almost clear.

  2. Squeeze the water out of the tobacco and let the it dry.  You can either use the oven for this (spread out the tobacco on a cookie sheet and bake @ 200 degrees), or just spread it out thin on a paper towel and let it air dry (this is what I did).

  3. While the tobacco is drying, prepare your wet ingredients in a dish.

  4. Once the tobacco is dry, put it in a container and add the dry ingredients (in this case, the ground clove).  Mix thoroughly.  If you are using a liquid flavoring, then you can skip this step as you would have added the flavoring in the previous step.

  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly.  Make sure to coat EVERYTHING.  You don’t want any dry tobacco in there (This is where I modified the ratios.  With the original ratios I found the tobacco to be too dry, so I added an extra teaspoon of molasses/honey and an extra teaspoon of glycerin).

  6. Once everything is mixed, put it in an airtight container and let it sit.  The longer the better for this step of the process (mine sat for a couple days, but you can wait as little as 6-12 hours if you are really anxious to try it)

  7. Now you are ready to smoke!  Pack a bowl and taste your very own shisha.


Hookah Tip #1 – Transporting Coals

Unless you are using quicklights, chances are you use your stove to light your coals (or a portable coil stove).  Now if you smoke in your kitchen, transporting the hot coals from your stove to your bowl is not a big problem.  I myself used to smoke in my kitchen from time to time because it made it easy when I needed to light up a new coal.  Now that I live in an apartment with a very small kitchen, this is not very probable.  This turned a small distance to travel into a long trek from the kitchen to the bedroom, down a narrow hallway narrowly avoiding the cats littlerbox each time I walked past.  While I have never personally dropped a coal while transporting it, I have always worried that each time it is going to happen.  Being on a budget though I did not want to spend $10-$20 on a charcoal holder for transportation, so I got creative.  Last Christmas I was given a mini cast iron cookie skillet (which I never ended up using) that I thought would be perfect for this task.  I dug it out from the cabinet and what do you know, it works perfectly.    Now I no longer have to worry about dropping coals as I transport them through the apartment. 

So my advice to all of you out there in a similar situation; innovate!  Chances are you already have something around the house you can use for this task without having to spend any extra money.

Let Me Introduce Myself

As I am not one for long introductions (nor am I a great wordsmith), I will leave this short and sweet.

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I am your host Dima, the Hookah Husky.  You may remember me as the guy from the hookah circle outside that one convention or the guy with the hookah in the park I saw that one time.  But I am more than that, much more.  I am what some would call a connoisseur, or enthusiast, of hookah (waterpipe, narghile, shisha, etc.).  While I may not have as much experience as some other hookah smokers out there, I do know a thing or two about the art, and wish to share my knowledge with all of you out there.  This knowledge includes, but is not limited too; tips, tricks, reviews, and other such fun facts about the hookah and its social/cultural uses.

So stay tuned for updates on an irregular basis, and enjoy your smoke!