This is a traditional drink during Ramadan; by the way, Ramadan Kareem to all!
Amardeen is the name given to a large sheet of apricot paste; the apricots and the sheets are from Syria; amardeen has a tangy, sweet and intense apricot flavor. It is diluted in water, made into a drink or a pudding or just eaten as is in chunks.
For a quart-sized pitcher:
Dilute 500 g (about 1 package or 1 pound) of amardeen in four cups of water overnight. The next day, pour one cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the water. Cool and set aside. Place 2 ounces of nuts (pistachios, pine nuts) in a bowl filled with water for at least one hour.
In a blender, pour the amardeen and water mixture and the syrup and process until smooth; taste for desired sweetness. Serve the drink in cups and garnish with a few pine nuts and peeled pistachios or almonds or walnuts, if desired.
NOTE: One can add a teaspoon of rose water to this drink if desired.
For a pudding recipe, clickhere
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tom | tall clover says:
Joumana, I send my compliments. Your recipes are inventive and delicious and you share an equally delicious slice of life in a country so many of us are eager to know more about. Kudos and thank you!
On August 18, 2010 at 11:31 am
What a gorgeous drink! Delicious, no doubt. 🙂
On August 18, 2010 at 11:51 am
Angie's Recipes says:
A very different and refreshing drink!
On August 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm
A gorgeous drink! Delicious!
On August 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm
Sounds very refreshing Joumana!
On August 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Joumana what lovely drink! gloria
On August 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Looks lovely, with all those nuts. I’m wondering if amardeen is a cousin of lavashak? Is it apricots only or sometimes other fruit?
Today I made a tray of plum lavashak and am hoping to put it to dry in the sun tomorrow, if the weather forecast is correct.
On August 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Magic of Spice says:
This sounds and looks wonderful 🙂 Ans so very beautiful!
On August 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Suman Singh says:
looks so refreshing and delicious..
On August 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm
ramadhan mabrouk karim Joumana!
Merci pour cette délicieuse boisson très énergisante surtout pour le mois de ramadhan!
à ce propos , j’organise un jeu relatif aux soupes du ramadhan ayant pour but de partager nos recettes et de les tester éventuellement.Ta participation me ferait énormément plaisir!!
On August 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm
This drink sounds so exotic and interesting! I love apricots & that dried apricot paste sounds so delish. xo
On August 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Food Jihadist says:
I love this drink! People drink it by the buckets here in Egypt during Ramadan. Great garnish.
On August 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm
Oh that looks nice and thick, more like a nectar, which I prefer over juice. Love the touch of nut in it.
On August 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm
What a refreshing drink – it sounds so tasty!
On August 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm
OMG. We have ESP?! I went to a Mediterranean store today, and saw that EXACT same product…and I was wondering what the heck I could do with it! And then I see THIS post! Is this fate?!
On August 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm
This drink looks so tasty and exotic. I love the addition of rose water in it. We use it also here in Greece.
On August 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm
I have never had anything like this! How cool!
On August 19, 2010 at 12:40 am
That drink looks so refreshing & special too!
I will look for amardeen! thanks!
On August 19, 2010 at 1:40 am
T.W. Barritt says:
What a very pretty and refreshing looking drink.
On August 19, 2010 at 5:56 am
I have never heard of apricot paste. This is so intriguing, more so with the rose water in it.
On August 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Mmm! Apricot and pistachio is such a good combination! Ramadan Kareem to you too!
On August 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm
what a uniquely delicious beverage! the color is just gorgeous.
On August 20, 2010 at 3:17 am
I would have thought those fruit sheets would be sweet enough on their own…I guess not. Now, when I see them at the store…I’ll finally be able to know what it can be used for. Everytime I walk into the middle eastern store…I’m overwhelmed. Thanks to you…I’m slowing untangling the mysteries ;o)
On August 20, 2010 at 6:44 am
Last year we bought a big sheet of apricot at a middle eastern store in the Mission District of San Francisco and it’s been stashed away in the food pantry as I didn’t know what to do with it. Well now I do 🙂
The amardeen margarita seems like a great idea too.
Thanks for sharing!
On August 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm
I remember reading about this in one of Claudia Roden’s books years ago. I thought it sounded delicious and a bit magical!
On August 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm
I picked up a package of the amardeen and was curious to come up with some use for it, I had all sorts of ideas, but nothing sounds as good as this drink that you’ve shared with us. Thank you!!
On August 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm