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Yogurt drink (Ayran)

I posted this image on the blog’s Facebook page, just to see how many people would respond to it. Initially I thought it was only an Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey) and  Middle-Eastern drink; turns out it is popular in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, even in parts of China.

In Lebanon, it is called ayran and most people  buy […]

By |July 12th, 2014|Drinks|9 Comments
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Carob juice (Sharab al-kharroub)

 

The Holy Month of Ramadan is just around the corner. Normally during that time, stores in Beirut ( Middle-Eastern ones in the US and Canada) fill-up with traditional juices, such as tamarind, jellab, amardeen (apricot), all known to be hearty and nutritious.

There were a couple of carob trees in the orchard and Salah (gentleman […]

By |June 20th, 2014|Drinks|6 Comments
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Hibiscus tea (Sharab Karkadé)

 

A delicious drink made from dried hibiscus flowers. I was gifted with a bunch from my gentleman-farmer friend Salah from Egypt. The taste is tangy and fruity, similar to cranberry flavor. I like to sweeten it and I drink it almost every day, either hot or cold. 

Hibiscus tea is supposed to be very healthy […]

By |March 21st, 2014|Drinks|8 Comments
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Seville orange syrup (sharab al-busfeyr)

This delicious syrup is made with the juice of Seville oranges (busfeyr) and sugar. Now is the season for these types of oranges, which are prized in Lebanon (and the Eastern Mediterranean in general) for their sweet and sour flavor. Their season is short, so folks would either freeze their juice or make this […]

By |February 23rd, 2014|Drinks|10 Comments
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Mulberry drink (Sharab el-toot)

 

In the mountains, the rules are different; barter, for instance, is still practiced. Our mulberry tree mysteriously refused to give us any fruit for ten years on; our neighbor has the tree that keeps on giving; we help ourselves and she gets our peaches and eggplants (and cucumbers, etc).

Her mother, an energetic 89-year-old, […]

By |July 19th, 2013|Drinks|20 Comments
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Dried lime tea (Chai noomi Basra)

 

This infusion is popular in Iraq; it is made by seeding the noomi Basra or dried limes and simmering the peels in water for 15 to 30 minutes; drain and sweeten. Apparently it helps with tummy aches and digestive issues. 

I did not have the patience of seeding the limes, I simply poked each in […]

By |April 9th, 2013|Drinks|11 Comments
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Acorn coffee (Ahwet balloot)

It has been my privilege to befriend Philippe and Saidé, people I consider Salt of the Earth: Seasoned farmers (for generations) in the Lebanese mountains.  They  raised six beautiful children, all grown and gone to live an urban life in Beirut or in North America. Here they are,  left with an intimate knowledge of nature and […]

By |February 3rd, 2013|Drinks|21 Comments
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Nettle tea (Chai korrass)

 

Nettle is a wild herb that stings; it grows everywhere and people pretty much leave it alone. It has however extraordinary properties and in the Shouf region in Lebanon, people forage it and make a distilled water with the leaves to drink as a tea with some hot water and a sweetener. Taste is […]

By |October 18th, 2012|Drinks|6 Comments
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Rose and chocolate shake

 

This is a simple shake, part dark chocolate, part rose ice-cream; no need to make your own rose ice-cream, just add some rose syrup to vanilla ice-cream until the taste feels right to you; I also added some rose petal jam which is usually available in any Middle-Eastern store.

Question: Why does’n’t milk shake become […]

By |August 3rd, 2012|Drinks|22 Comments
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Sumac lemonade

The mysterious plant was indeed sumac, a Godsend for our forefathers and mothers who needed a lemony taste in their dishes but could not access lemons (either due to seasonal lack of availability or because they did not live in the coastal areas where citrus is grown). Sumac is dried and ground into a […]

By |June 28th, 2012|Drinks|31 Comments