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Aug 15, 2007 08:44 AM

Lebanese Iced Tea

My family and I just returned from a Baton Rouge/New Orleans trip. Our first night in Baton Rouge we ate in a Lebanese and Greek Restaurant (Albasha's) where we had Lebanese Iced Tea. It was delicious and a perfect way to combat the heat and humidity. Does anyone know of any places out here that serves it? It tasted like it was flavored with rose water and completely unlike anything I've ever had out here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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      1. did it also have pine nuts in it?

        had this in nola - so good!

        1. Your post rang a bell so I looked in my "Oleana" cookbook, which does have a recipe for Lebanese iced tea based on a version served at another Lebanese restaurant in NO called Mona's. It uses jallab syrup, which is made from dates, raisins, rose water and caramel flavor -- it supposedly gives a very unique taste to the tea. It's available at Middle Eastern stores and Kalustyans, if you're interested in making your own.

          Brew 8 cups of black tea. Let set at room temp 1 hour. Add 1 cup jallab syrup and 2 T. lemon juice. Adjust for sweetness. Pour over ice and garnish with pine nuts and mint.

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