Iranian Drinks: Sekanjabin syrup

Sekanjabin syrup: One of the oldest Iranian drinks, is made of honey and vinegar. Sekanjabin is usually served in summer. It is sometimes seasoned with mint.

Recipes: It has several recipes for Sekanjabin Syrup

  1. Honey Sekanjabin ingredients:
  • 1 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar

2) sugary Sekanjabin ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • A small bunch of fresh mint, washed
  • 2 small seedless cucumbers, washed, peeled and shredded.
  • Lime rind (optional)


  • In a bottom pot combine sugar and water. Place on medium heat and stir till sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and gently boil for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup of vinegar and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until it thickens. Taste and adjust the level of sweetness or sourness of the syrup.
  • In the last minute or two add a few fresh mint leaves to the syrup.
  • Remove from heat and put it into refrigerator. Remove the mint.
  • The syrup is then mixed with ice water, shredded cucumber, and lime.
  • Before serve a little bit of rose or orange water can also be added but it is optional.