Basil Seed Honey Drink

when i was younger, after isha prayer at a mosque in bensonhurst, my father and i would would go to the local egyptian-owned butcher and grocery store to buy the items that my mother had requested. as my dad conversed with his friends in the store, i wandered the aisles, looking at the bulk bins filled with a variety of middle eastern pickles, grains, and dried beans and legumes. on summer nights, we would always get cold drinks after we bought our groceries and while i would always choose between guarana brazilia or my favorite at the time, guava juice. my father, on the other hand, always went for the basil seed honey drink, which i wanted nothing to do with, of course–i mean, have you seen it? looks like a bottle filled with frog eggs. no kid wants to drink that. when i tried it many years later, i actually loved it, but it was hard to find, so i only had it every once in a while.

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taken from google images

today, while wondering the aisles at a small grocery store in little pakistan, i found packaged basil seeds and knew exactly what i had to try to make. here’s the recipe

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serves eight

simple syrup (1 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of water)                                                                                    1/3 cup basil seeds
juice of half a lemon (add slowly)
4 liters of ice cold water
1/2 cup of honey

12573150_1724649171100718_7833781638602138251_nmake simple syrup by dissolving 1 cup of sugar in 1/2 a cup of water and brining to a boil. when thickened, put to the side. add basil seeds to the ice cold water (within a few minutes, they’ll start to swell up) and stir in honey and simple syrup. add the fresh lemon juice in intervals to your liking (could make this into a honey lemonade by adding more lemon juice, but the addition of lemon juice in this drink is so its not unbearably sweet)

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for what it’s worth, my father loved it and said it tasted just like the store-bought drink!

 

enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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