Sekanjabin is a sweet and sour mint syrup that can be a dip for crisp lettuce or can be mixed with water and cucumbers to make a great drink.
Labor Day weekend, in the U.S., marks the end of summer. Of course, the fall equinox doesn’t hit until mid-September and the weather here in San Diego is screaming HOT! Summers in Iran can also be long and hot.
I’ve already shared with you several favorite ways to cool off Persian-style, from yogurt with cucumbers (mast-o khiar) to ice cream with saffron and rose water. Today I am going to share with you another traditional recipe, this time a Mint and Cucumber Cooler (sekanjabin).
Back in Iran, a pitcher of sekanjabin was served at family picnics, especially during those long, hot months. When I attended the University of Arizona, my uncle would make me sekanjabin to help us chillax while we sat in the shade, hiding from the desert heat.
The syrup is simple: sugar, mint and water. But it’s the vinegar that makes this into a delicious sweet and sour concoction.
The mint syrup can be served two ways. The first is as a dipping sauce for fresh, crisp lettuce leaves. There’s something quite novel watching grown adults lick their fingers while dipping their crispy greens into this very sticky syrup. Heads of lettuce are consumed by the bunches as everyone dips on leaf after another.
I prefer my sekanjabin as a drink: diluted in water, served over a glass filled with ice and grated cucumber. You can control the amount of sweetness, adding more or less water as desired. Some prefer more tang and add a bit more vinegar or lemon juice.
This may not be a traditional American Labor Day beverage, but it certainly will cool you off from that last heat wave summer has for you!
And if you like something a little stronger, use the sekanjabin syrup to make this Vodka and Mint Fizz!
Serving Suggestions: The drink is best served ice cold. You can also serve the syrup with hearts of Romaine lettuce for a cool treat. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1 glass
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 268 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 69.7g Fiber: 1.8g Sugar: 66.8g Protein: 0.5g
Serving Suggestions: The drink is best served ice cold. You can also serve the syrup with hearts of Romaine lettuce for a cool treat.
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