Sekanjabin (sometimes spelled sekanjubin or sekanjamin, among others) is a refreshing Persian drink, sometimes even prepared for medicinal purposes. Earliest references to this concoction date from the 10th century AD. The syrup keeps almost indefinitely without refrigeration, and the drink is particularly tasty with fruits. Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
4 cups of syrup
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Boil the sugar and water together in a large saucepan over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the vinegar and minced ginger.

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  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, then strain out the minced ginger with a fine sieve. Store at room temperature in a sterile container.

  • To use, stir 1 part syrup into 4 to 5 parts water; serve cold with ice if desired.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 41.2g 14% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 1.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2012
Crazy good. I LOVE ginger, and ginger ale. I can never find ginger ale with enough ginger for me. This was perfection. I used seltzer water instead of regular water to get my fizz on. One note I would like to make. The first time I made this I used jarred minced ginger. It does not have nearly enough flavor. Fresh ginger is imperative. My first attempt I cut the recipe down to five serving and I still ended up using nearly half a cup of jarred ginger. I really could not taste it. Another recipe on here that I tried said to use white balsamic. I used that in one of my experiments. I found that you can change up the profile of this just by playing around with your vinegar. I think when I get bored one day, I will try using vodka in or sherry in place of the vinegar just to see what would happen. Thanks again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2016
Followed recipe to the T not liking it at all! I'm thinking I used too much of the syrup to a glass of fizzy water. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2011
I used half white sugar and half brown sugar. After straining off the ginger, it was delicious to eat! When adding the water to make the drink, I found that a 4 to 1 ratio was best! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2012
Crazy good. I LOVE ginger, and ginger ale. I can never find ginger ale with enough ginger for me. This was perfection. I used seltzer water instead of regular water to get my fizz on. One note I would like to make. The first time I made this I used jarred minced ginger. It does not have nearly enough flavor. Fresh ginger is imperative. My first attempt I cut the recipe down to five serving and I still ended up using nearly half a cup of jarred ginger. I really could not taste it. Another recipe on here that I tried said to use white balsamic. I used that in one of my experiments. I found that you can change up the profile of this just by playing around with your vinegar. I think when I get bored one day, I will try using vodka in or sherry in place of the vinegar just to see what would happen. Thanks again. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2012
This is so good. I stopped drinking wine about a month ago and this is a great relaxing subsitute. I only used 2 1/2 cup of sugar. I poured it with ice and fresh lemons.... Soooo Good and good for you! Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
This is a delicious and refreshing drink just in time for summer. My family loved it! I like the fact that you can make it strong or just flavor your water slightly. I made it with the red wine vinegar and I am looking forward to trying it with the white wine vinegar as well. Cheers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2015
Shut the front door! And the back door! Then lock em both cuz I'm not sharing this! Because I had frozen ginger I added a quite bit more than called for. Don't be me. Man is it spicy! It tones down a good deal when added to sparkling water though. Such a weird and wonderful recipe!:o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
This is amazing mixed with club soda and has completely replaced store-bought soda in my home. As a bonus, the ginger that is left over after straining makes a great addition to salad dressings or chicken salad with grapes and apples (and can be frozen for use later - wasting something that tasty would just be so wrong!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2011
I sent my boyfriend to the grocery store for a few items and he came back with 2 ENORMOUS pieces of ginger (too funny!). I decided to try this recipe so it wouldn't all go to waste! It's delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2014
Perfect. I have been digging ginger lately and thought there had to be some ginger flavored drink out there to satisfy my craving and this nailed it. Made it exactly as written. Perfect for hot summer nights. This is the first recipe I have felt the need to leave a review on. Definitely worthy of five stars . can't believe it only has eight ratings(now)! Thank you so much for sharing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2015
This is amazing. Cut the recipe in half to try it out won't do that again I will have a bottle of this syrup on hand all summer! Yummy thanks so much for the recipe The Magpie! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2016
Followed recipe to the T not liking it at all! I'm thinking I used too much of the syrup to a glass of fizzy water. Read More