"Soumatha" Greek Almond Drink

Maria *

By
@WWCook1

Soumatha (soo-MAH-tha) is a soft drink made from ground sweet and bitter almonds. Traditionally served at weddings & engagements because of its distinctive white color.
(Note: Bitter almonds are not sold in the US. Substitute 5-6 drops of almond extract)
This recipe & picture are from About.com


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Serves:

Many

Prep:

45 Min

Method:

Food Processor

Ingredients

1 lb
almonds (skins removed)
60 bitter almonds (see note)
6 c
sugar
6 c
water

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Remove the skins from the almonds by boiling them for a minute or two. The skins will slip off easily.
2
Dissolve the sugar in half the water and boil until you have a syrup consistency. Set aside. Using a food processor or blender, grind the sweet and bitter almonds into a fine powder. Combine the ground almonds with the remaining water.
3
Using a strainer lined with cheesecloth, strain the liquid from the ground almonds and reserve. Pass the ground almonds and water 2 or 3 times through the cheesecloth to extract the most flavor.
4
Combine the strained almond liquid with the sugar syrup and heat on the stove, being careful not to allow the mixture to boil.
5
To serve, add about an inch of the syrup to a tall glass with some ice & water. Cheers!!!
6
Tip: Stored in your fridge it will last for a very long time...that is if you been celebrating:)
My daughter married 4 yrs ago and I still have some leftover in my fridge.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Greek
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #weddings, #Engegments