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Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home

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Ramadan is here and it's time for Muslims to fast for a whole month from sunrise to sunset. Fasting may make you a little thirsty, and that's why there are a number of delicious Ramadan drinks that you'll find in most Qatari households during this holy month. These drinks are refreshing, great thirst-quenchers and help you rehydrate after a day's fasting.

Don't forget to also check out our Ramadan website for more information: https://www.ramadan.qa and our Ramadan 2021: Iftar and Suhoor offers in Qatar

Without trying the Ramadan drinks we've mentioned below, your experience in Qatar just won't be complete. We've added the recipes, too, so you can make them for yourself and your family!

Vimto

Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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The Vimto Cordial was introduced by the Aujan family in the GCC region in 1928. From the very start, it became a very popular drink in Ramadan. It's made up of berries, spices and herbs which give the Vimto Cordial its delicious and refreshing flavour. This year, the Vimto Cordial is celebrating its 95th Ramadan in the GCC region, and it's become a Qatari family tradition to have Vimto at the Iftar table because of its soothing and hydrating effect on the body after a day's fasting.

Recipe for Vimto (Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Vimto cordial syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • Sugar (optional)

How to make

  1. Mix the Vimto cordial syrup with the water.
  2. Add sugar (optional).
  3. Put in a jug and served chilled.

Recipe source: Sheba Yemeni Food

Laban

Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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Laban is a yoghurt-based drink that's not only refreshing and rehydrating during Ramadan, you can have it at Iftar time or during Suhoor. Yoghurt is blended with water to form this lovely drink. It's served with salt and drunk chilled.

Recipe for Laban (Serves 1)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt (to taste)

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients together.
  2. Pour in a glass and serve chilled.

    Recipe source: The Big Sweet Tooth

    Jallab

    Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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    Jallab is a delicious and refreshing drink that you'll more than often find in Qatari households during the holy month of Ramadan. Jallab is made by mixing together grape molasses, rose water, dates and sugar (as needed), after which it's smoked with an Arabic incense and served with nuts and raisins.

    Recipe for Jallab (Serves 4)

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup (55gm) chopped pitted dates
    • 1 cup grape molasses
    • ½ cup date molasses
    • 7 cups water
    • 1 tsp tea leaves (for a smokey flavour)
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2 pods cardamom
    • 2 whole cloves
    • ¼ cup rose water
    • Golden raisins and pine nuts

    Method

    1. Put the chopped dates, grape molasses, date molasses, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, tea leaves and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
    2. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook until the mixture is reduced by about half, stirring frequently.
    3. While cooking, mash the dates with a spoon.
    4. Add the rose water and turn off the heat.
    5. Strain the syrup pressing gently with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid
    6. Cool to room temperature.
    7. Dilute the syrup with 6 cups of water and refrigerate.
    8. Serve chilled with pine nuts and golden raisins.

    Recipe source: 360 Moms

    Tamer Hindi

    Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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    Tamer Hindi is made from Tamarind which is soaked in water and then sifted so the seeds get left behind and what you get is a brown coloured liquid that has a sour taste. It's served sweetened with sugar and served chilled. Qatari Iftars wouldn't be the same if Tamer Hindi isn't on the table.

    Recipe for Tamer Hindi (Serves 1)

    Ingredients

    • 250 grams tamarind
    • 2 litres water
    • 400 grams sugar
    • 25 millilitres rose water

    Method

    1. Cut the tamarind into cubes and keep it on the side.
    2. Boil water in a small saucepan.
    3. When the water boils, add the tamarind and the sugar and mix well
    4. Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the tamarind becomes soft.
    5. Blend the tamarind mixture and strain it to get a smooth texture.
    6. Add rose water, water and mix well.
    7. Serve chilled.

    Recipe source: Look and Cook

    Qamar Al Din

    Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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    It's very rare that you won't find the Qamar Al Din on an Iftar table in a local household. It has a mango juice like consistency but is made with dried apricots that are available in the market either in a rolled sheet form or as a paste. The apricots are soaked in boiling water and sugar is added to give it that sweet refreshing taste. It's a delicious drink that will boost your energy levels after a day of fasting.

    Recipe for Qamar Al Din (Serves 4)

    Ingredients

    • ½ roll dried (approximately 10cm x 20 cm) apricot paste sheet
    • 4 cups hot water
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon rose water or orange blossom water (optional)

    Method

    1. Cut the dried apricot sheet into small pieces.
    2. Put in a bowl and soak in hot water.
    3. Put the bowl in the fridge overnight.
    4. Blend the apricot mixture with the sugar.
    5. Add rose water or orange blossom water (optional) and blend again.
    6. Put in a jug and mix more water if you want the consistency to not be too thick.
    7. Serve chilled.

    Recipe source: I Love Arabic Food

    Karkade

    Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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    Karkade is made from Hibiscus tea, and can be drunk hot or cold. In Ramadan, people prefer to drink this sweet Hibiscus infusion cold as it helps quench thirst. It's a typical Ramadan drink that is enjoyed at Iftar.

    Recipe for Karkade (Serves 4)

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups of dry Hibiscus flowers (Roselle)
    • 10 cups of water
    • ¾ to 1 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

    Method

    1. Rinse the dry Hibiscus flowers lightly under cold water.
    2. Place the Hibiscus flowers and the water in a big saucepan and stir
    3. Bowl the mixture for 5-7 minutes.
    4. Lower the heat.
    5. Add the sugar and stir until it completely dissolves in the mixture.
    6. Allow it to simmer for 40-45 minutes.
    7. Let it cool and then straining it three times so you have a clear liquid.
    8. Place in a bottle or jug and refrigerate.
    9. Serve chilled.

    Recipe source: Honest Cooking

    Balah Bel Laban (dates with milk)

    Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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    Dates are boiled or soaked in milk as per the Arab tradition and following the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H.). The result is a delicious date and milk smoothie-like concoction that is a staple in many Qatari households during Ramadan. Some people also just eat dates while drinking milk because they find it easier and more convenient.

    Recipe for Balah Bel Laban (Serves 4)

    Ingredients

    • 250 grams dates
    • 1-litre milk (you can also use lactose-free milk, it’ll taste exactly the same)
    • Cinnamon powder (optional)
    • Nuts (optional)

    Method

    1. Wash the dates and remove the seeds.
    2. Slice the dates in half.
    3. Boil the milk on medium heat.
    4. Add the cut dates when the milk starts to bubble.
    5. Let it sit for 2 minutes; then turn off the heat and let it cool.
    6. Put it in a jug and refrigerate it.
    7. Served chilled with cinnamon powder (optional) or nuts (optional).

    Recipe source: Foodies Island

    Saffron Tea

    Popular Ramadan drinks to try at home
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    Saffron tea is an aromatic drink made with saffron, as the name suggests, and is perfect for all occasions like Ramadan. It's low in calories, refreshing and invigorating, and many people in the Gulf region drink it because it's easy to make and deliciously refreshing after a day of fasting.

    Recipe for Saffron Tea (Serves 1)

    Ingredients

    • Saffron (a pinch)
    • 2 cups water
    • Slice of ginger (optional)
    • Lemon (optional)

    Method

    1. Boil the water in a small saucepan.
    2. When the water boils, remove the saucepan from the heat
    3. Add a pinch of saffron to the water.
    4. Add a slice of ginger (optional) and brew for 5 minutes.

    Recipe source: Lin's Food

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    Sources: Vimto Arabia; Food Heritage; Kaleela; Step Feed; Okadoc; The Big Sweet Tooth; Look and Cook; I Love Arabic Food; Honest Cooking; Sheba Yemeni Food; 360 Moms; Foodies Island, Lin's Food
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