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.
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.