Red dates drink is a comforting and nourishing beverage created by simmering dried red dates in water for an extended period. This method allows the flavors of the red dates to infuse deeply, resulting in a robust and concentrated flavor profile. The drink boasts a deep amber color akin to a brewed herbal infusion. It exudes a sweet and inviting aroma with delightful hints of caramel and earthiness from the red dates. Thanks to the extended cooking time, the drink acquires a smooth and velvety texture as the dates soften and release their flavors into the liquid.

WHAT IS RED DATES?

Red dates, also known as jujubes or Chinese dates, are the fruits of the Ziziphus jujuba plant. They are native to Asia and have been cultivated for thousands of years for their sweet taste and medicinal properties. Red dates are small, round fruits with a wrinkled outer skin. When fully ripe, they have a dark red or deep brown color.

Red dates have a sweet and slightly tangy flavor with a chewy texture. They are commonly used in traditional Chinese cuisine and herbal medicine. In addition to their pleasant taste, red dates are valued for their potential health benefits. They are believed to have nourishing properties that can help improve digestion, boost the immune system, and enhance overall well-being.

Red dates are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They contain high levels of vitamin C, which can help strengthen the immune system and protect against free radicals. They also provide essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and iron, which are important for various bodily functions.

In culinary applications, red dates are often used in both sweet and savory dishes. They can be added to soups, stews, porridges, desserts, and herbal teas to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of the preparations. Red dates are also commonly dried and preserved for longer shelf life, allowing them to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Overall, red dates are a versatile and nutritious fruit that is valued for its taste and potential health benefits. Whether consumed on their own or incorporated into various recipes, red dates offer a delightful and nourishing addition to the culinary and wellness world.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

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  • Red dates – Red dates, also known as jujubes or Chinese dates, are the fruits of the Ziziphus jujuba plant. They have a sweet and slightly tangy flavor with a chewy texture. Red dates are often used in Asian cuisine and herbal teas for their taste and potential health benefits. If red dates are not available, you can use regular dates or dried figs as a substitute. They will provide a similar sweetness and texture to the dish.
  • Molasses sugar – Molasses sugar, also known as dark brown sugar or blackstrap molasses sugar, is a type of sweetener with a distinct flavor and color. It is made by refining sugarcane juice and preserving the molasses content. Molasses sugar has a rich, robust flavor with notes of caramel and toffee. If you don’t have molasses sugar, you can substitute it with an equal amount of dark brown sugar or a combination of white sugar and a small amount of molasses for a similar flavor profile.

RECIPES TIPS

  • The flavor profile of red dates drink is characterized by its natural and intensified sweetness brought forth by the slow cooking process. The red dates impart a luscious and fruity taste, complemented by gentle notes of honey and a subtle tanginess. The longer cooking duration extracts deeper flavors, leaving a touch of caramelized undertones that adds depth and richness to the overall taste. However, if you prefer a lighter and less concentrated flavor, adjusting the cooking time to be shorter can achieve that desired taste.
  • This drink is a wonderful choice for warming and soothing moments, particularly during colder months. However, it can also be enjoyed chilled to offer a refreshing twist, especially in hot weather. Red dates are renowned for their potential health benefits, including aiding digestion, boosting energy levels, and nourishing the blood.
  • Red dates drink offers a delicious and nourishing experience, whether you seek a comforting beverage or wish to explore the potential health advantages of red dates. Indulging in this flavorful and soothing option will surely leave you satisfied.
  • Adjust the sweetness of your recipes by adding or reducing the amount of molasses sugar. Taste as you go and make adjustments accordingly. Alternatively, you have the option to omit the sugar altogether if desired.
  • If you prefer a milder flavor, you can substitute molasses sugar with dark brown sugar or a combination of white sugar and a small amount of molasses.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Rinse the dried red dates under cold water to remove impurities. Make a small slit on each red date with a knife and remove the pit if any.
  2. In a pot, add the red dates and water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of molasses sugar, adjusting to taste. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove from heat and let the drink cool slightly.
  5. Strain the liquid into a clean container.
  6. Serve the red dates drink hot or refrigerate for a refreshing cold drink.

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

When serving red dates drink, there are several complementary foods and snacks that you can pair it with. Here are some ideas:

  • Nuts and Seeds: Serve a bowl of mixed nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds. These provide a crunchy texture and a contrast to the smoothness of the drink.
  • Fresh Fruit: Offer a fruit platter with a variety of sliced fruits like apples, pears, grapes, or citrus fruits. The refreshing and juicy fruits can complement the drink and provide a balance of flavors.
  • Cheese and Crackers: Pair the red dates drink with a selection of cheeses and crackers. Opt for a combination of mild and aged cheeses, such as cheddar, brie, or goat cheese. The creamy and savory nature of cheese pairs well with the sweetness of the drink.
  • Pastries and Baked Goods: Serve pastries like almond croissants, butter cookies, or shortbread biscuits alongside the red dates drink. These treats add a delightful touch and create a cozy and indulgent experience.
  • Asian Desserts: Consider serving traditional Asian desserts that incorporate red dates, such as red bean soup, sticky rice cakes, or sesame balls. These desserts share a similar cultural background and can complement the flavors of the red dates drink.
  • Dark Chocolate: Accompany the red dates drink with squares of dark chocolate. The slight bitterness of dark chocolate can balance the sweetness of the drink and create a harmonious pairing.
  • Dried Fruit: Offer a selection of dried fruits like apricots, figs, or raisins. These chewy and naturally sweet dried fruits can be enjoyed alongside the red dates drink.

Remember, the suggested pairings are meant to complement the flavors and enhance the overall experience. You can mix and match according to your preferences and dietary considerations. Enjoy the combination of the red dates drink with these delightful accompaniments!

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

  • Prepare the red dates drink according to your preferred recipe, simmering the dried red dates in water for an extended period of time to extract their flavors.
  • Once the drink is ready, allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the liquid to remove any solids or impurities, if desired.
  • Transfer the red dates drink to an airtight container, such as a glass jar or pitcher.
  • Store the drink in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • When ready to serve, you can reheat the drink on the stovetop or enjoy it chilled, depending on your preference.

STORAGE & REHEATING

  1. Storage: Allow the red dates drink to cool completely before storing. Transfer the drink to a clean, airtight container, such as a glass jar or bottle. Place the container in the refrigerator and store for up to 3-4 days. Ensure the container is tightly sealed to maintain the freshness and flavors of the drink.
  1. Reheating using Thermomix®: Pour the desired amount of red dates drink into the Thermomix® bowl. Set the temperature to a gentle heat setting, such as 50-60°C for 10 – 15 minutes, to slowly warm the drink without boiling it. Alternatively, use the warm up function to your desired temperature. Once heated, pour the red dates drink into serving cups or mugs and enjoy.
  1. Reheating using Microwave: Transfer a portion of the red dates drink to a microwave-safe container. Cover the container loosely with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap to prevent splattering. Microwave the drink on medium power for 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval. Continue microwaving and stirring until the desired temperature is reached. Be cautious not to overheat the drink to avoid boiling or altering its taste. Carefully remove the container from the microwave and serve the red dates drink.
  1. Reheating on the Stove: Pour the desired amount of red dates drink into a small saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove over low heat. Stir the drink occasionally to ensure even heating and prevent sticking or burning.Heat the drink gently until it reaches your desired temperature. Avoid bringing the drink to a boil as it may affect the flavors and texture. Once heated, remove the saucepan from the stove and pour the red dates drink into serving cups or mugs.

Remember to use caution when handling hot liquids and always test the temperature before consuming. Adjust the reheating time and methods according to your specific appliance and personal preferences. Enjoy your red dates drink reheated to perfection!

RECIPES FAQS

What are the potential health benefits of red dates drinks?

Red dates are believed to have various health benefits. They are known for their potential to promote digestion, boost the immune system, improve blood circulation, and provide nourishment. However, it’s important to note that individual results may vary, and it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

Can I make red dates drinks without sugar or sweeteners?

Yes, you can adjust the sweetness of red dates drinks according to your preference. Red dates themselves have a natural sweetness, so you may not need to add additional sugar or sweeteners. However, if you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add a small amount of sweetener such as molasses sugar, honey, or maple syrup. Experiment with different levels of sweetness to find what suits your taste.

Can I drink red dates drinks if I have allergies or dietary restrictions?

Red dates are generally safe to consume, but it’s important to consider individual allergies or dietary restrictions. If you have specific concerns or known allergies, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure the suitability of red dates drinks for your particular situation.

Can I store red dates drinks for later use?

Yes, red dates drinks can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Transfer the drink to a clean, airtight container and store it in the fridge. It’s recommended to consume the drink within 3-4 days to maintain its freshness and flavors. Before consuming, give it a gentle stir as some settling or sedimentation may occur.

Can I serve red dates drinks hot or cold?

Yes, red dates drinks can be enjoyed both hot and cold, depending on personal preference and the weather. They can be served hot during colder months for a comforting and warming experience. Alternatively, you can chill the drink in the refrigerator or add ice cubes for a refreshing cold beverage, especially during hot weather.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

You can adjust this recipe to double portion. By clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Please do not pass the max line indicated inside of the mixing bowl. The capacity of the mixing bowl is 2.2 liters.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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Red Dates Tea

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Indulge in the rich and flavorful experience of red dates drink. Made by simmering dried red dates in water, this soothing beverage offers a luscious and fruity taste with natural sweetness. The extended cooking process enhances the flavors, infusing the drink with notes of honey and a hint of tanginess. Sip on this nourishing elixir, believed to promote digestion and boost the immune system. Enjoy it hot or cold, tailored to your preference. Discover the delightful taste and potential health benefits of red dates drink today.

Prep Time5 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 5 mins

Yields4 Servings

 140 g red dates, pitted
 1100 g water
 10 g molasses sugar

1

Rinsing the red dates using the simmering basket. Then, place them into mixing bowl and add water. Cook for 45 min | 100°C | Speed 1.

2

Add molasses sugar and cook for another 15 min | 100°C | Speed 2.

3

To enjoy the tea, strain it into a mug using the simmering basket. Allow the tea to cool to a drinkable temperature. Serve!

Ingredients

 140 g red dates, pitted
 1100 g water
 10 g molasses sugar

Directions

1

Rinsing the red dates using the simmering basket. Then, place them into mixing bowl and add water. Cook for 45 min | 100°C | Speed 1.

2

Add molasses sugar and cook for another 15 min | 100°C | Speed 2.

3

To enjoy the tea, strain it into a mug using the simmering basket. Allow the tea to cool to a drinkable temperature. Serve!

Red Dates Tea

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