Refreshing Summertime Beverage
It’s one of those hot summer days and my to-go drink is always a cold refreshing glass of Sekanjabin drink. Which is basically a mind n vinegar syrup drink.
This is a traditional Persian drink one of the oldest recipes that were passed on generation after generation. We don’t know exactly how old the recipe is but it was originally made with wild honey and not sugar so I imagine it dates before the invention of sugar.
The beauty of this drink is that it’s so easy to make. You can keep it for years in your pantry. And it’s so versatile. You can use it as a sweetener for lemonade or any smoothie, have it as a dip with fruits and vegetables or in alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Because it’s ingredients apple cider vinegar and mint it is also good for digestive health.
My absolute favourite is as a dip with roman lettuce. On hot summer days, nothing beats a healthy snack of roman lettuce dipped in Sekanjabin and ice.
Mint n Vinegar Syrup Recipe
- 4 Cups sugar – can be replaced by the equivalent of honey
- 2 Cups water
- 1/2 a Cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1 Bunch of Mint
In a large saucepan bring water and sugar into a boil. Tie the bunch of mints and let it boil with the water. ( in a lot of recipes they add the mint at the end when the heat is turned off, I like the taste and flavour of mint so I normally let the mint to boil in the syrup to the end)
When the syrup is starting to thicken add the vinegar, make sure you have a window open or the hood on as the smell of vinegar will be strong when added to the syrup. Let the mixture boil for another 10 – 15 minutes. Remove the source pan from the stove, and remove the mint. Let the syrup to cool off and then strain it through a cheesecloth into a wide mouth mason jar.
This is will be more of a concentrated and thick syrup, you can keep the syrup in your pantry for years. However, if you didn’t boil the syrup enough you may find film of molds forming on top, which in that case you can remove the moldy section and boil the syrup to get thicker. The beauty of having a thick syrup as the base of any drink is that you can make it to taste of each person you are serving the drink too.
To hot summer days enjoying this versatile drink with your family.