Rosata, a Tunisian Aperitif

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The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

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Tunisians convert peeled almonds to make an apéritif, a delicious cold milky drink called rosata. Tunisian cooks often soak some imperfect and too-dry almonds in hot milk to make their rosata creamier and more delicate. This drink is best made a day in advance.

The French writer Colette had her own peculiar opinion about consuming almond milk. In her novelette Gigi, the old aunt cups her hands like conch shells over Gigi's bosom, then makes her promise “not to eat too many almonds, since they add weight to the breast.”


  • cups ground blanched almonds
  • cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


In a large saucepan, combine the almonds, 2 quarts water, and sugar, and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, chill overnight, then flavor with the almond extract and vanilla. Serve chilled.

With thanks to Aliza Green for sharing this recipe.