1- Sekanjabin with Sugar and Vinegar:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
A small bunch fresh mint, washed
2 Small seedless cucumbers, washed, peeled and shredded (for the drink)
Lime rind *optional
- In a heavy bottom pot combine sugar and water, place on medium heat and stir till sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and gently boil for 10-15 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup of vinegar and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until it thickens. Taste and adjust the level of sweetness or sourness of the syrup. (I usually add an additional 2 tablespoons of vinegar since I like it a bit more sour).
- In the last minute or two add a small bunch of fresh mint to the syrup.
- Remove from heat and let cool completely. Remove the mint leaves.
Place a couple of tablespoons of the syrup in a glass, add some ice, water, shredded cucumber, mix well and garnish with a small stem of mint and lime rind.
1 1/3 cup honey
1 cup water
2/3 cup white vinegar
- Follow the same directions used in recipe #1 for sekanjabin and its drink (sharbat).
- Remove the foams with a spoon as they form on top. The aroma of the honey gently simmering on the stove fills up the entire house and is quite intoxicating!