Discover Turkey and try traditional Turkish drinks
Boza, Lemonade, Salgam, Sherbet, Sira. If you want to have a truly Turkish experience while you are in Turkey, don't forget to try these 5 amazing Turkish drinks. Come and enjoy tasting these traditional Turkish drinks in summer or winter.
Boza is a typical Turkish winter drink made by triturated chickpea, some cinnamon and sugar. It is creamy, yellowish colour and usually drunk in winter. In summer it is almost impossible to find this drink. Boza is one of the oldest Turkish beverages, sold by street sellers or cafes in the winter nights. The salespersons still walk through the streets screaming boooozaaaa.
Lemonade is a common beverage around the world and Turkish people love to make and drink lemonade too. If you love lemonade, don't forget to try smooth Turkish lemonade loaded with vitamin C. It has a smooth, sweet flavour and bright yellow colour. It is prepared by cooking the lemons and rind before chilling.
Lemonade is one of the most popular flavours of summer months, and you can find it at almost any restaurants, patisseries and cafes in Turkey.
Salgam (turnip juice) is a traditional Turkish drink that is unique to Cukurova, made with turnip, which is a plant belonging to the cruciferous family. It is made by mixing turnip plant and purple carrot with water and adding salt. Salgam is served cold in large glasses with purple carrot pickles, especially preferred with Kebab dishes. Some people drink it with Raki saying that it removes or softens the effects of alcohol. It has a dark red or purple colour and a very strong taste.
The world's first soft drink, sherbet is a healthy tradition of Anatolian cuisine. Sherbet is a sweet, cold, fruit flavoured drink, comes in a variety of unique flavours, such as lemon, rose, pomegranate and tamarind. Sherbet, which is the best Turkish drink you to enjoy during warm summer days, represents a healthy and refreshing way to enjoy your meal.
Tamarind Sherbet: Tamarind sherbet, a quintessential Ottoman recipe, is made using 41 different spices and herbs.
Cornelian Cherries Sherbet: The incredibly tart Cornelian cherries of Turkey is a wonderfully refreshing sherbet drink with a bit of sugar.
Sira is a drink slightly fermented grape or apple juice. It is a sweet drink due to the high amount of fructose it contains. You can try Sira with your dishes and see if you like it.