turkish delight

Turkish Delight – For Grownups

turkish delight
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Turkish delight is an edible-solid type of cocktail for adults, sorry kids, but there is some booze in it. When I was growing up, Turkish delight or Lokum (локум), as it is known in other parts of the world, was one of my favorite treats. There is no standard flavor recipe for this dessert; it varies from country to country. It can be plain or flavored with vanilla, rose water, bergamot, mastic, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
Turkish delights are also known as ” rāḥat al-ḥulqūm (رَاحَة الْحُلْقُوم) which means “throat comfort.”

“Troat Comfort,” what a great name! Let’s try to make one and have some fun with it.

I used the same technique to make another edible drink, Sex on the Beach.


Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 oz Vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Cherry, Raspberry, or Strawberry syrup
  • 1/2 oz Rosewater
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup custard sugar
  • 0.5% of the total volume - Agar Agar


Bring water, sugar, and Agar to boil.

Remove it from the stove. Add vodka, creme de cacao, syrup, and rosewater. Stir it. At that point, any chopped nuts can be added to the mix. Pour into another vessel. Let it solidify – 40 to 50 min. Sprinkle some of the custard sugar on top.

Use a cookie cutter to create the shape you want.


I regard this recipe as a base upon which many different flavors can be used.

Turkish delight can be made with different hydrocolloids such as tara, carrageenan, xanthan gum, konjac - for that purpose though different recipes are needed to get the proper ratios.

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