Let us take a culinary adventure through our pallets and taste the Middle East with a refreshing drink, jallab.
With date molasses and floral accents, this is a unique drink to say the least.
Slightly sweet and served ice cold, date molasses is the syrup of choice here. A few tablespoons mixed with water goes a long way, so don’t overdo. The flavor of the molasses is dark and carmely, yet not overly sweet.
Now the secret ingredient… rose water. This is the most beautiful note I have ever tasted. Like the molasses, a little goes a long way, so use sparingly. Rose water is perfumy and floral, hitting you as an aftertaste..”Hmm, what is that?” Just beautiful.
I found both the date molasses and the rose water at a local Middle Eastern market, but you can also make your own rose water (curtesy of The Armenian Kitchen).
Top this enticing drink with slivers of almonds or pine nuts.
Yields 1 drink
Date Night Drink-Jallab
- 2 Tb date molasses
- 1 tsp rose water
- 1 Tb slivered almonds and/or pine nuts
- Water, enough to fill your glass
- In a tall glass, add water, ice, molasses and rose water. Stir well.
- Top with slivered almonds and pine nuts.