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The name Sharbat is an urdu word for a popular drink in India as well as middle east. The sweet drink is made from fruits or flower petals. Sharbats can be as varied as there are fruits and flowers. Most commonly used sharbat ingredients are rose, lotus, mango, grapes, oranges, mint, khas, lemon, rhododendron, bel, saffron, etc.

Apart from the basic flavoring agents, the sharbat can be added with various herbs to enhance the flavor and nutritious property. Sharbat has been popular in India and arab countries since ages. It used to be relished by the royalty too. It was particularly made popular in India by the Mughals.

Sharbat are a common part of a typical Indian kitchen. It is very common to serve sharbat to the guests during the long Indian summers. Apart from the great taste, Sharbats have medicinal properties too and are a part of the Aryurvedic and Unani system of medicine. Khas sharbat relieves acidity, purifies blood and provides immediate relief in cases of heat stroke. It also has diuretic properties. Gulab or Rose Sharbat is rich in anti-acidic, anti-flatulent and anti-oxidant properties. It also has blood purifying properties. Lemon and Orange sharbats are a great source of vitamin C.

Commercially produced sharbat concentrates are very commonly available throughout India and are being exported to other countries as well. But sharbat can be prepared at home too. Each sharbat has a diferent way to prepare.To prepare grape sharbat for instance extract the juice from the grapes. Mix the juice with honey and boil it for a few seconds. In a cheese cloth, tie some pieces of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and other spices. Put this into the hot mixture and stir for some time to let the flavor of the spices blend into the mix. Chill the liquid and serve. Mint can be added for additional flavor.

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