‘Sharbat’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘sharbah’, meaning ‘a drink’, and is a syrup made from fruits or extracts of flowers and herbs. The syrup is diluted with water and served with ice. It is a very cooling beverage during the hot summers across India.
Crush the rose petals using a mortar and pestle, to release their fragrance. Place them in a large heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Pour the mixture into a non-reactive container and add the cardamom seeds. Set aside in the fridge to steep for 8 hours, or overnight.
Line a strainer with muslin (cheesecloth) and set it over a heatproof bowl. Pour the rose and cardamom-scented water through the strainer. Add the sugar to the bowl, then float the bowl in a sink full of hot water until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove the bowl from the hot water. Filter the liquid again through the lined strainer, into a clean bowl. Leave to cool to room temperature.
Pour the liquid into a jug. Add the pomegranate juice, lemon juice and chilled water, stirring well.
Serve straight away, in glasses half filled with crushed ice.
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