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A floral and refreshing Middle Eastern drink inspired from Lebanon, Jallab is made with date molasses, a touch of rose mater and topped with pine nuts.
Let us take a culinary adventure through our pallets and taste the Middle East with a refreshing and simple drink called jallab.
Slightly sweet and served ice cold, date molasses (also called silan) is the syrup of choice here. You can usually find it in most grocery stores near the syrups and 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.
The other main ingredient, rose water and 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 and one of my favorite ingredients and I use it in a number of recipes.
Then top jallab with toasted pine nuts and if you prefer a bit more sweet, a drizzle of honey. But personally, I love how refreshing it is on its own.
Jallab Drink (Lebanese Drink with Date Molasses and Rose Water)
- 2-3 cups Water enough to fill your glass
- 2 tablespoons date molasses
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 1 teaspoon honey optional, for extra sweetness
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts toasted, optional
- In a tall glass, add water, date molasses, rose water and honey if using and give it a good stir
- Fill with ice and top with pine nuts and serve immediately.
This was originally published in September, 2011 and updated in April 2021 with new photos and nutritional information.