This is not a funny post. This is not a crafty post. This is a post to help all the poor lost souls who don’t know how to make glorious Lebanese drinks. All you will find here is recipes: no humor, no crafts. Just drinks. You have been warned.
Now then, to begin with, there is a fantastic restaurant where I live called the Petra Cafe. The food is amazing and the owners/employees are super nice. It’s a great place to go if you are ever in the Hattiesburg area, but this post isn’t about the Petra cafe– it’s about how to make the amazing drink that I had there: Lebanese Iced Tea.
I’d never had it before (or even heard of it), and I really wanted to make it when I got home. But, to my dismay, I couldn’t find a recipe. However, after mucking about for a bit trying to figure out the recipe, I finally got it right. So I thought that I would share it and perhaps save some people some unnecessary experimentation (you are most welcome).
As you’ll note, the recipe calls for rose water. You can find this at most Middle Eastern stores, or you can make your own. Also, the directions for each drink are remarkably similar (the only difference is the tea, and one is for 2 quarts while the other is for 4 quarts). Nevertheless, I included each recipe in full to make sure everything is clear. TADA!
Lebanese Lemonade (recipe makes a little over 2 quarts):
- 1 3/4cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 2 table spoons rose water
- 8 cups water
- In a large pitcher or sauce pan, combine 1 3/4 cups sugar with 1 cup boiling water. Stir mixture until the sugar is fully dissolved in the water.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, add 1 1/2 cups lemon juice, 7 cups cold water, and 2 tablespoons of rose water to the mixture.
- Stir the mixture and place in refrigerator to chill.
Lebanese Iced Tea (recipe makes about 4 quarts):
- 2 1/4 cups white sugar
- 3 cups lemon juice
- 4 table spoons rose water
- 8 cups water
- 8 cups unsweetened iced tea
- In a large pitcher or sauce pan, combine 2 1/4 cups sugar with 1 cup boiling water. Stir mixture until the sugar is fully dissolved in the water.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, add 3 cups lemon juice, 7 cups cold water, and 4 tablespoons of rose water to the mixture.
- Add 8 cups unsweetened iced tea (tea can be any brand and strength that you like)
- Stir the mixture and place in refrigerator to chill (add pine nuts and mint leaves if desired)
Oh, and don’t forget to have this close by in case of emergencies…