Sekanjabin – Medieval Gatorade

Sekanjabmin is a Middle Eastern drink made by adding syrup to water. It combines sugar and vinegar to replace electrolytes lost through sweat.  The first time I made sekanjabmin, I followed Cariadoc‘s drink recipe.

At Panteria last weekend, I had the privilege of trying a much more flavorful version of the drink. The bar owner gave me his recipe:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer.
  2. Add 8 cups of sugar and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add 1 cup white vinegar (apple cider vinegar is also good).
  4. Simmer the mixture just below a boil for 30 minutes.
  5. Add a handful of flavoring (orange, lime, or lemon zest and juice) and keep the mixture at a simmer for another 30 minutes.
  6. Strain the mixture into a container, cool, and serve.
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