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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 hookahforum.com (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.