Rooh Afza, Summer Drink of The East

Rooh Afza, Summer Drink of The East Recipe

I've featured sharbat (the South Asian equivalent of the Western chocolate milk for kids) in the past. The key ingredient in sharbat is a product called Rooh Afza, which is a syrup made of flower petals such as Gulab (Rose), coriander seeds, kewra and watermelon extract.  It literally translates to "that which tempts your soul".

Rooh Afza is fairly versatile and is used in many other drinks and desserts. One such recipe is similar to sharbat, but without the milk and nuts. I often make this drink when I need to cool off a bit. It's very refreshing and light.


Yields: 12 servings

2-1/2 cups Rooh Afza syrup
1 quart ice cubes
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
8-3/4 cups water, to taste


For the simple syrup: In a saucepan, dissolve the sugar in 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a near boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool completely.

Assembly time: Combine the simple syrup and Rooh Afza syrup. Dissolve the syrup with water.

Serve over ice in tall glasses; stir and enjoy with pink cookies.


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You can omit the simple syrup and just use the Rooh Afza, if you're health-conscious.

I prefer using superfine sugar. It's fine-grained sugar and it dissolves much more quickly than regular granulated sugar.

If you like a lemony taste, add the juice of 10 lemons (about 1-1/2 cups) and reduce the same amount of water.

The girls like to make the drink fizzy by adding seltzer water (or even Coke), in place of water.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on October 2, 2009.


[-] This is awesome - Guest-OysterCulture
I've had this before and it is yummy, I had a drink with this in it and I think condensed milk, it was like a heavy floral milkshake in Singapore and I wanted to sip it all afternoon.

I am going to pick up a bottle next time I'm at the Indian market.

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[ Posted at 5:53 AM on 10/2/09 | Reply ]
[-] Wonderful so wonderful - Guest-GeraSweetsFoods
You know that you take awesome pics, I need this drink right now...the only thing is that I don't know where to find Rooh will see...



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[ Posted at 5:40 PM on 10/2/09 | Reply ]

Rooh Afza can be found in any Indian or Pakistani store.You can also find it online.

[ Posted at 8:26 PM on 10/2/09 | Reply ]
Interesting I've never heard of this. Growing up in Thailand I always drank vitamilk (soymilk) or Tang -- that sickly sweet, powdered orange drink.

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[ Posted at 6:36 PM on 10/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] The Spice Spoon - Guest-shayma
this was the drink i grew up with- how amazing to see this drink on your website! i have never quite understood nor come to know what the ingredients are (a bit scary, actually!) but i do live it in milk in the warm summer months. i had no idea that you can find this in India. best wishes, shayma

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[ Posted at 4:50 AM on 1/26/10 | Reply ]
[-] @Shyama - Guest-mama
Yes it's available in India from 1906. Very popular. There are several other such drinks.
[ Posted at 7:14 PM on 9/18/10 | Reply ]
[-] Rooh Afza, Summer Drink of The East - Guest-abubakersiddeeq
wow super
[ Posted at 11:22 AM on 10/26/10 | Reply ]
[-] rooh afza drink - Guest-MJavid
do any body know where to find rooh afza in uk
[ Posted at 12:29 PM on 8/2/11 | Reply ]
[-] ms - Guest-polly
i bought mine at morrisons believe or not !!!!
[ Posted at 4:17 PM on 4/6/12 | Reply ]
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[ Posted at 7:53 AM on 5/26/14 | Reply ]
[-] @Shyma from The Spice Spoon - Guest-AeliaMorris
the ingredient list for Rooh Afza can be found on wikipedia, apparently its all natural, its made from herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers and roots.
[ Posted at 3:46 PM on 8/5/12 | Reply ]
Fast food is never good to eat frequently and shouldn't be your primary diet. Your body is trying to tell you that your poisoning it, try eating healthier. It can also be how your food is being prepared and how long they are leaving it out. Thanks.
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