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.
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!
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.
How to make
Recipe source: Sheba Yemeni Food
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 source: The Big Sweet Tooth
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 source: 360 Moms
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 source: Look and Cook
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 source: I Love Arabic Food
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 source: Honest Cooking
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 source: Foodies Island
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 source: Lin's Food
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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