Refreshing Lime Syrup (Sharbat'e limoo)

May 9, 2011 9:22:50 AM PDT
Recipe from Renya Simnegar's new cook book, ''Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride''

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup bottled lime juice or juice of 5 limes
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (zest of 1 lime)
  • Garnish: lime slices and star fruit slices

1. In a 4-quart saucepan, mix the water and sugar together and bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat. Stir periodically with a spoon.

2. When the water boils and the sugar dissolves, add the lime juice and zest and cook, uncovered, over medium/low heat for 20 minutes or until light, lime-infused syrup has formed.

3. Cool and store in a glass jar until ready to use.

This syrup is very refreshing mixed with water in a ratio of 3 parts water to one part syrup, along with some ice cubes to keep it chilled. Garnish with slices of lime or star fruit.

Yield: 2 cups

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