Ottoman Sherbet “Turkish Fruit Drink”

Ottoman Sherbet is a natural homemade drink made with fruits like plums, cherries, and spices. It is a very refreshing and intense flavored drink.

You can experiment with a different mix of fruits too. Since I had grapes at hand I used some for this one. Sherbets (drinks) have a very important role in Ottoman cuisine. In the modern days of Turkey, it is most popular in the month of Ramadan, but nowadays begin to get more attention in other times too ­čÖé

Ingredients:

  • 500 gr. cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 500 gr. plums or a mix of plum and dark grapes (I used 300gr. plums and 200 gr. grapes)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves a
  • slice of lemon
  • 1 liter of water + 1-liter cold water
Ingredients for Ottoman Sherbet drink
Ottoman Sherbet

─▒nstructions:

  1. In a medium-size pan add the fruits, water, cinnamon stick, and cloves
  2. Bring it to a boil and continue to cook on low medium heat for about 30 minutes
  3. With a skimmer drain and take out the fruit into a colander.
  4. Add the sugar into the fruit water along with slice of lemon and continue to cook until sugar dissolve for about 5 more minutes on low heat
  5. The remaining pulp of the fruits will still have some juice left. So drain that valuable juice as much as you can, helping by pressing with a back of a wooden spoon and add the juice back to the pan.
  6. Turn off the heat and pour the sherbet into a pitcher and let it completely cool down.
  7. Add the sherbet to the refrigerator and chill completely. It will be concentrated so when serving you can add more cold water and ice cubes. Usually, it gets about 1+1/2 liter more water but you can just taste and adjust the amount as you wish and Afiyet Olsun!

Watch how to make easy lemonade: Easy Lemonade With Frozen Lemons & Orange

Ottoman sherbet serving

Easy Lemonade With Frozen Lemons & Orange

Make new Turkish Style easy lemonade with frozen lemon and orange. We are going to use all parts of the lemons to take as much as flavor possible. Freezing the lemons and orange will help us extract the flavors.

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2-3 small pieces of citric acid (optional)
  • about 2 liters cold water
  • a sieve
  • rose geranium or mint leaves (optional)
Turkish Easy Lemonade

INstructions

  1. Wash and take out the top stem parts of the lemons and orange. Take out the seeds if they have.
  2. Cut them in about walnut size cubes , place it in a freezer bag and freeze. I usually do this in season and use year long to make it.
  3. When you are ready to make the lemonade take out the frozen fruits about 10-15 minutes before you begin to process. They should be still frozen but, somewhat you can slice with a knife so we can process it with sugar in the food processor.
  4. Put them in to big food processor with sugar and process until puree.
  5. Add citric acid and about 1/2 cup cold water and continue to process to make it finer.
  6. Strain the liquid to another big bowl and put the puree back to the processor, add more water and mix it again.
  7. Repeat this step for one more time to get as much as flavor as possible from the fruits. In final step you can squeeze it with your hand too.
  8. You will end up having a concentrated liquid, just add more cold water until desired sweetness. You can also keep it concentrated and add the water to your glasses when serving and enjoy!