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Sharbat is extremely simple to make. In the Arabian Nights it’s described as flower water with ice (or snow) plus sugar sprinkled on top. Alternately, it can be made by making a syrup with the flower water, and then pouring a little bit of that into a glass and adding water and ice.

Simple Sharbat

  • 1/2 Cup Willow Blossom Water or Sweet Prier
  • 1 Cup Snow or Shaved Ice or Several Ice Cubes
  • 1 tsp. Baker’s Sugar (fine granulated sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. Mint Water (optional)
  • 2 tsp. Grenadine (optional, for color)

Combine the ingredients in a medium to small glass & enjoy! If you’d like to use a large glass, simply double the ingredients or use 1/2 cup flavored water + 1/2 cup plain water.

Sharbat Syrup

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Flavor Water such as Rose or Orange Blossom (or 2 tsp. Rose + 2 tsp. Orange Blossom)
  • Sprinkling of Lemon Juice

Heat the sugar & water in a small pot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat to low & stir in the flavored water & sprinkling of lemon juice. Simmer for about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat & pour into a clean jar. Allow to cool before securing the lid. Store in your pantry or cupboard.

To make sharbat, pour a little bit of the syrup into a glass (about 1-2 Tbsp. or more depending on glass size) & then pour in some water & plop in the ice. Serve with a long spoon to stir it all up. You can also simply add a little syrup to the simple sharbat recipe above.

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