Inputs from TS Intern Jai Khajuria. 

Summers are here and it’s important stay well-hydrated – travelling or not. Try this refreshing drinks from Egypt to beat the heat.

Sobia

A boy selling Sobia on the streets during Ramadan. Image: islam.ru
A boy selling Sobia on the streets during Ramadan. Image: islam.ru

Brown bread and barley soaked in water are stored in large pots for a whole day. The mixture is then boiled and spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. After one more day of soaking, the water is filtered out and sugar is added. The end product is a thick, white, creamy milk-like drink topped with spices and coconut shavings. Best served chilled with lots of ice, Sobia is a favourite in Egypt, especially during Ramdaan.

Qasab

qasab   Simply, sugarcane juice. Sugarcane is widley ground all around Egypt and you will easily find Qasab anywhere in the country. It is the ideal choice for a hot summer day.

Karakadey

Image: www.gumtree.com.au
Image: http://www.gumtree.com.au

Dry Hibiscus flowers are mixed with water and sugar to make this refreshing drink, that can be served hot or cold. Vnilla, lemon or orange extracts are also added for flavour. Hibiscus is said to have medicinal properties which help stabilize blood pressure. On the streets, Karakadey is commonly sold chilled.

Tamrhindi

Tamar Hindi vendor at Tahir square , Cairo. Image: robinwyatt.photoshelter.com
Tamar Hindi vendor at Tahir square , Cairo. Image: robinwyatt.photoshelter.com

This tangy, refreshing, chilled tamarind juice drink not only beats the heat, but also boosts nutrition. Commonly served as an alternative to Karakeadey and is prepared by adding tamarind to sugar water with rose water for added flavour.               Apart from these, fruit juices are also available according to the season. Strawberry and mango are staple to Egyptian households. Banana or guava milk shakes are also popular. During Ramadan, stewed apricot juice will be available everywhere.

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