Summer drink of Mint & vinegar

joanmary_z10November 10, 2002

This is a delicious traditional Iranian summer drink.

3 kilos sugar - 7 lbs

2cups white vinegar

bunch of mint

5-6 tall glasses of water

METHOD: Mix sugar and water in saucepan. Boil well. Add mint. Boil 20 minutes. Strain thorougly. Return to pot. Add vinegar. Boil 5-10 minutes. Bottle.

TO SERVE: Pour 1" of syrup into glass. Add plenty of ice. Add sprig of mint. Option: Add grated cucumger. Top up with water.

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It's also an old pioneer-farmer drink called "swichel"
Linda C

    Bookmark   December 17, 2002 at 7:22PM
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Is 'switchel' an American recipe. And here I though I was being so 'exotic'! Delicious drink, and people are quite surprised when the ingredients are discussed, never realizing they were consuming some vinegar! Refreshing isn't it!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2002 at 10:27AM
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I thought switchel was water, honey and vinegar....

    Bookmark   June 10, 2003 at 6:06PM
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I'm from the island of newfoundland and traditionally switchel is a cup of unsweetened tea.Strange isn't it? Different strokes for different folks!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2003 at 9:43AM
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I did an internet search on swichel, no beverage matches. Switchel got more results including the site below. It's a bit different from the first recipe posted.


Here is a link that might be useful: Switchel recipe

    Bookmark   September 4, 2004 at 11:13PM
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I did a web search for "vinegar mint drink". Apparently the drink Joanmary is refering to is called Sekanjabin. I have included a link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sekanjabin (Persian mint drink)

    Bookmark   September 4, 2004 at 11:25PM
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Yes, Sekanjabin is served as a wonderfully refreshing summer drink in Iran. It can also be bought, ready made in syrup form at Iranian stores or Middle Eastern stores.

Do try this - it sounds strange, but believe me on a hot day, you'll enjoy it tremendously!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 12:50AM
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