Arabic Drinks

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Arabic drinks are often made of ingredients that give them flavors unique to the Middle East. Strongly brewed coffees and teas come highly spiced. Milk-based drinks made of yogurt and goat milk are traditional favorites and fruit juices form the basis of many cold drinks. Spices that are used to season foods are commonly added to drinks as well, giving them distinctive flavors.

Arabic Drinks-An Important Part of the Meal

Often, the offering of a spiced tea or coffee is a way to show hospitality in Arabic cultures. From their beginnings in nomadic cultures, Arabic drinks have evolved from practical, life-sustaining foods to what they are today-creative combinations of ingredients that serve many functions. Anise tea greets visitors. Cinnamon, cloves and ginger tea are traditionally served to those who come to visit a new baby.

Turkish coffee contains cardamom, a pungent, aromatic herb that is found in many Arabic dishes. Strongly brewed and served with nuts, it is a basic element to any gathering of people. Yogurt drinks are served both warm and cold with mint and cucumber. Boiled milk spiced with cinnamon makes a comforting drink that complements a spicy Arabic meal.

Anyone can make these unique drinks with ingredients found at an Arab grocer. They reflect the culture of the Middle East, and represent the hospitality that defines the Arabic home. There are Arabic drinks for every occasion, whether it is a family meal or a special celebration. With their versatility and distinctive flavors, these spiced beverages will bring to mind the rich and varied culture of the Middle East.


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