This syrup is based on an ancient Persian recipe, and it keeps virtually indefinitely without any special care. Excellent for camping, and truly refreshing on a hot, hot day! And there's no waste, you use every part of every ingredient in this stuff. After straining, remove the lemon peels and ginger and toss in a bag of sugar for a candied treat!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
6 cups of syrup
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the sugar and water to a boil over high heat. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, then stir in the strawberries, mint, ginger, lemon peels, and lemon juice. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the white balsamic vinegar.

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  • Allow the syrup to stand overnight at room temperature, then strain out the fruits with a fine sieve. Store at room temperature in a sterile container.

  • To use, stir 1 part syrup into 4 to 6 parts water; serve cold with ice if desired.

Nutrition Facts

115 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 29.8g 10% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 3.1mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2012
So amazing! I had never heard of Sekanjabin before but I googled it and now I know...But anyway I was afraid to use the white balsamic vinegar but it is SO GOOD! my 2 year old daughter loves it! It is perfect prepared as written. The strawberry taste is great. The store had Pear infused white balsamic as well as Raspberry infused for the same price and I think that may taste good as well. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2016
I want to know if you can take the white balsamic vinegar out as my kids don't like it because of that.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2012
So amazing! I had never heard of Sekanjabin before but I googled it and now I know...But anyway I was afraid to use the white balsamic vinegar but it is SO GOOD! my 2 year old daughter loves it! It is perfect prepared as written. The strawberry taste is great. The store had Pear infused white balsamic as well as Raspberry infused for the same price and I think that may taste good as well. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2008
Very flavourful. I made it with the same quantities, but my kids found the ginger nad lenmon flavour too strong, so I made the same thing (but a lesser quantity) omitting the lemon and ginger, let it rest overnight with the balsamic vinegar, and added this to the first sekanjabin. The result is a fuller strawberry flavour, with the wonderful after-taste of lemony-ginger. HMM! Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2008
This is wonderful. I was suprised by the vinegar but it prompted me to learn more about Sekanjabin. Thanks for a great recipe and cultural lesson. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2007
OK I'm biased because I wrote this one but I have to admit it's by far my summer favorite -- and my guests too:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2011
Great recipe and drink for the summer. I had grown mint in my aero garden so I tried this recipe. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2012
I am gonna fiddle with this a bit more. It is a really good recipe. It reminds me of a mint julep. I am in need a of a version. Since a mint julep is basically bourbon well that's not all that easy. I am going to delete the strawberries and use lime instead of lemons and use 1/4 cup regular balsamic and the rest white but as is the color is almost spot on. It tastes so good. This is so refreshing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2012
This was delicious! a perfect natural juice concentrate! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2017
Refreshing sweet and flavourful. I used half the amount of ginger because I don't think my kids would like it too gingery. I tried my first glass with about 1 part syrup to 5 parts water plus ice that slowly melted. This seems about right for my tastes. EDIT: I tried this with 1 part syrup to 6 parts club soda and it is the BOMB.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2016
I want to know if you can take the white balsamic vinegar out as my kids don't like it because of that.. Read More
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