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
1Remove the skins from the almonds by boiling them for a minute or two. The skins will slip off easily.
2Dissolve 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.
3Using 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.
4Combine the strained almond liquid with the sugar syrup and heat on the stove, being careful not to allow the mixture to boil.
5To serve, add about an inch of the syrup to a tall glass with some ice & water. Cheers!!!
6Tip: 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.