Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jujubes Sharbath/ Red Dates Syrup

This is my first recipe for "Beat the summer" series. I am trying to come up with a recipe series to cool down this summer.
Jujubes aka "Red dates" is not a common kitchen ingredient in India, but it is considered as a superfood in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's benefit list is too long to list down here. It has a very mild distinct taste too.


  1. Dried red dates - 2 cups
  2. Water - 4 cups
  3. Sugar - 1.5 cups
  4. Lemon peel - a pinch (optional)

  1. Boil dates with lemon peel and  water in low flame with closed lid till water is almost halved
  2. Once cool, pass it through a mesh.
  3. Boil the  syrup with 1 to 1.5 cups of sugar till the syrup is of honey consistency
  4. Switch off the flame and pass it through a mesh and store it in an airtight container
  5. Red date sharbath can be made by mixing 3 tbs syrup, 1 cup water and few ice cubes. It is refreshing, it is cool, it is good. 


  1. i gave u a excellent but can u tell me how to preserve it

    1. Hi Neela,

      Thanks for the comment! You can store the syrup in an airtight bottle in fridge for upto a week. If you want to store for longer, you might have to add sodium benzoate in the syrup. I usually don't add preservatives in fruit syrups. And please note that you cannot replace dried red dates with the normal dates which we get in Indian market. See this link for red dates :