Growing up, Israeli cookbook author Rottem Lieberson spent Rosh Hashanah with her grandmother Hanom, who emigrated from Iran in 1955. Hanom’s new year’s menu always included this cold drink made with grated apples, rose water, and lemon. If you prefer a spiked version, add ½ cup to 1 cup of vodka to the pitcher.
To learn more about Rottem, her family, and their Rosh Hashanah table, read the full story on the Jewish Food Society’s recipe archive.
- 7 red apples, cored and grated
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 1 cup ice
- 1 lemon with the peel, thinly sliced crosswise
- Place the grated apples into a glass pitcher, and add the rose water and sugar (if using), and enough water to fill up ¾ of the pitcher. Mix and place the pitcher in the refrigerator for at least two hours, and up to four hours.
- Right before serving add the ice and lemon slices to the pitcher.