Refreshing drinks plays a big role in celebrating Ramadan, with specialty dishes and drinks served during the Muslim fasting month.
Drinks like Jellab, Amar al-Deen and Tamar Hindi are essential during the holy month. Fasters want to refill their body’s water levels after long hours of fasting. Sweets are considered part of reviving Ramadan traditions.
There are traditional drinks considered an integral part of a Ramadan meal. These are the top 6.
1. Amar Al Deen
Amar al Deen or Amar Addeen is a combination of two words in Arabic: Amar (moon) al Deen (the religion). Amar al Deen is made from sheets of dried compressed apricot. In order to prepare the Apricot Drink Sharab. the apricot sheets should be soaked for several hours. It is customary to serve the drink at Iftar during the Holy month of Ramadan as it is refreshing
The best Amar Al Deen, or the dry apricot sheets come from Syria, which is a major producer for this type of product.
2. Tamar Hindi
Tamar Hindi, or Tamarind, is a sour chilled drink usually sold throughout the year in several Arab countries.The drink is a sour-sweet combination, so it is better to add a dash of rose syrup for an extra drop of sweetness.
Tamar Hindi was the name given to the tamarind fruit by Arabs, the name literally translates to ‘Indian dates’.
Jellab is a very popular drink in the Middle East. It’s made by diluting the syrup made of grape molasses, dates and rose water with water and serving it in a tall glass with crushed ice.
The best part about it is the heap of pine nuts and golden raisins that are so much fun to fish out from the bottom of the glass with your straw!
Refreshing hot or cold with a color that is as intense as the flavor, Karkadeh is a sweet infusion made from hibiscus flower.
Karkadeh, which is a typical Ramadan drink, is also served for other occasions such as weddings.With a hearty Iftar meal the cold version is preferred.
Carob juice, also known as Kharoub, is a traditional Egyptian drink, that is usually made during the Islamic month of Ramadan, made from carob molasses. Carob juice, which can be used to make sugar as well, gives the feeling of drinking a glass of thin honey.
The healthy and refreshing drink is full of fiber, protein and antioxidants, that helps Muslims go through the long hours of fasting.
6. Erk Soos
Extract of the licorice plant are mixed with water to make this drink that is served in Egypt and the Levant (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria).
The process of making it involves put the ground roots in a muslin cloth and drop water over it drop by drop all night long. As you can see it is complicated and time consuming so no body makes that at home.
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