Mastika pounded with sugar and used with rose or orange blossom water is a popular flavouring in the Middle East, used in desserts, sweetmeats, ice cream, syrups and cordials. For most cooking puposes, mastic is pounded with a little sugar and mixed with rose or orange blossom water. Only small amounts are necessary, an eight to a quarter teaspoon sufficing for a dish.
Pulverize to a powder before using. Pounding it becomes easier with the addition of a little sugar or salt. Store in airtight containers.