Kesar Chandan Sharbat ( An exotic drink made of Saffron and Sandalwood)

Kesar Chandan Sharbat

Kesar Chandan Sharbat  is an exotic drink which will rejuvenate your senses. It would not be wrong if I call this as the King of Drinks. Colourful & aromatic, this royal  drink is sure to whet the appetites of those who derive pleasure of drinking in the exotic taste.

Ingredients

Sandalwood Powder

Sandalwood/Chandan powder 30 gms

Saffron strands/Kesar 1 tsp

Sugar 1 kg

Lemon juice of 1/2 lemon

Citric acid 1/2 tsp

Rose water 30 ml (2 tablespoon)

Saffron Strands

Water 400 ml (2 glass) + 30 ml

Chandan essence few drops (if required)

Method

Soak sandalwood powder in 30 ml water for two hours.

Soak saffron in rose water for half hour.

In a pan, add water & lemon juice to sugar. Cook the sugar syrup till the sugar dissolves and boil over once.

Add sandalwood paste to the sugar syrup and again boil over once.

Carefully strain the mixture through muslin cloth and allow to cool. (The consistency of the mixture thickens when it cools).

With the help of mortar & pestle rub the pre soaked saffron in rose water.

Add the saffron paste to the sharbat mixture (at room temperature). Also add powdered citric acid and mix well.

The kesar chandan syrup is ready. Store in a glass bottle & refrigerate.

Kesar Chandan Syrup

To make the sharbat, add 1 tablespoon kesar chandan syrup to a glass of chilled water. Add  ice as required and serve immediately. You may add or reduce the amount of syrup as per your taste.

Add chandan essence only if required (i.e. if the chandan powder used is not good enough to impart its distinct aroma to the sharbat..)

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