A little of this over cut-up fresh fruit which is then chilled -- heaven! You can vary the spices, adding such things as star anise or cardamom pods, cloves, allspice berries. If you have access to unsprayed rose petals, make your own rose water--there are recipes on Zaar--and save a ton of money. Note: cooking time is really cooling time.
- Make a syrup by stirring the water and sugar together in a heavy saucepan over medium low heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Increase heat to medium high; add cinnamon sticks; boil until the syrup is reduced to a scant one cup, about ten minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in the rose water and allow the syrup to cool.