Sharbat-e Golab (Rose and Lime Sharbat)
You can make a concentrated syrup, but I prefer to prepare the simple syrup and add the fresh lime juice and rose water directly to the pitcher for a fresher taste.
- Yield: Serves 6
¼ cup sugar
⅓ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 juicy limes)
2 tbsp rose water (plus more as needed)
Fresh mint leaves (optional)
Lime slices (optional)
Rose petals, fresh or dried (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and ¾ cup water over medium-high heat. Stir and simmer until sugar completely dissolves and comes up just to a quick boil (3 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool. At this point you can store the simple syrup in a covered glass jar in the fridge until ready to use.
In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, lime juice, 6 cups water and rose water. Stir, taste and add more water and rose water if necessary. Chill in fridge for a few hours. Stir well, and garnish with mint leaves, lime slices and rose petals (if using). Serve over ice.