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Apricot Nectar
Apricots, from Mattioli's Commentaires, Lyons, 1563
Qamareddine is the dried apricot paste which originated in Egypt and Syria; during Ramadan, throughout the Arab world, it is dissolved in water and served over ice for iftar.
Total time: 1 hour
4 oz. apricot paste or dried apricots
4 cups water

Cover the apricot paste or apricots with the water and set aside to soak for an hour. If you are using qamareddine paste, it should dissolve complete; if you are using apricots, put them in a blender or food processor with their soaking water, and puree until smooth. Serve over ice.