6 Amazing Turkish Drinks You Have to Try

Boza, Limonata, Şalgam, Şerbet, Şıra, Raki. If you want to have a truly Turkish experience while you are in Turkey, don’t forget to try these 6 amazing Turkish drinks. Come and enjoy tasting these traditional Turkish drinks in summer or winter.

Şalgam

Salgam (şalgam) is a traditional Turkish drink made from dark turnips and purple carrots. It is served cold in large glasses with purple carrot pickles. Şalgam is specially served 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 sour taste.

Salgam is a popular drink in Adana which is popular with kebap.

Salgam is a popular drink in Adana which is popular with kebap.

Limonata

Try smooth Turkish Limonata, if you love Lemonade. Limonata has a smooth, sweet flavour and bright yellow colour. It is prepared by cooking the lemons and rind before chilling. Limonata is one of the most popular flavours of summer months.

Home made lemonade is served with lemons and fresh mint.

Home made lemonade is served with lemons and fresh mint.

Boza

Boza is a typical Turkish 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 sold by street sellers or cafes in the winter nights. The salespersons walk through the streets screaming boooozaaaa.

Boza is made by triturated chickpea, some cinnamon and sugar.

Boza is made by triturated chickpea, some cinnamon and sugar.

 

Şerbet

Serbet  (şerbet) is the world’s first soft drink. It is a sweet, cold, fruit flavoured drink, comes in a variety of unique flavours, such as lemon, rose, pomegranate and tamarind. Serbet is best enjoyed during warm summer days.

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Şıra

Şıra 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.

Sira (şıra) is a drink slightly fermented grape or apple juice.

Sira (şıra) is a drink slightly fermented grape or apple juice.

Raki

Raki is aniseed-flavoured spirit was originally produced from the solid residue of the grape — the skin, pulp, seed and stem — that remained after the fruit was pressed to make wine. Today it is made from a variety of fruits, like figs, and is typically served with mezze and makes an especially good complement to fish.  When mixed with water, as it is commonly served, the drink turns a milky white, which has resulted in the powerful drink — said to have up to 90% alcohol content — becoming known as lion’s milk, or the milk of the brave.

Raki is aniseed-flavored spirit was originally produced from the solid residue of the grape.

Raki is aniseed-flavoured Turkish spirit produced from the solid residue of the grape.

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2 Responses

  1. Paul-B says:

    What, no mention of Ayran? One of the best drinks to have before a meal.

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