This year the holy month of Ramadan falls in the summer, making fasting a tough task for Muslims, who abstain from food and drink until sunset. As the body loses liquids, Muslims need to drink more after Iftar in order to avoid dehydration.
All of the following are traditional Ramadan drinks to keep you hydrated.
Dates and milk
Dates and milk are traditionally eaten right after the sunset call to prayer, when Muslims break the fast.
Muslims begin their Iftar by consuming the dried dates, which are put in milk overnight, in adherence to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, who also broke his fast this way.
While plain dates and a simple glass of milk are certainly traditional, it is also common to spice things up a bit by making fun and delicious recipes like with stuffed dates.
Dates and milk
Amar al Din
Probably the most popular Ramadan drink, Amar al Din, can be consumed during Iftar or Suhoor.
It is a perfect way to start Iftar as it contains enough sugar to boost the digestive system without over stimulating it.
Made from either rolled dried apricot or dried apricot paste, Amar al din contains digestive aids, metabolism regulators, vitamins, and other useful properties.
Amar al din is made from rolled dried apricot or dried apricot paste
During Ramadan, Arabs sip a cool mixture made of dried fruits known as Khoshaf.
The ‘fruit salad’ drink, which is made of dried apricots, figs, dates, raisins, and prunes, is soaked in water and sugar overnight to form a delicious sauce that makes this salad sweet.
Khoshaf is typically served in small portions, to break the fast before sunset prayers and then the sit-down meal.
Khoshaf is made of dried apricots, figs, dates, raisins, and prunes
Made by lightly fermenting brown bread, barley, spices and sugar, Sobia can be white or dyed red. Very popular in Egypt, the drink is often sold in plastic bags by street vendors during the holy month.
Sobia is made from brown bread, barley, spices and sugar
Sahlab is a traditional drink – or dessert – served during Ramadan especially in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine.
The drink, which is preferred during the winter, is a creamy pudding made from hot milk and flavoured with nuts and cinnamon. During the summer, the versatile drink/dessert can also be served cold.
Sahlab is a creamy pudding made from hot milk and flavoured with nuts and cinnamon
Refreshing hot or cold with a colour that is as intense as the flavour, Karkadeh is a sweet infusion made from hibiscus flower.
Karkadeh, which is a typical Ramadan drink can, is also served for other occasions such as weddings. With a hearty Iftar meal the cold version is preferred.
Karkadeh is a sweet infusion made from hibiscus flower
Liquorice drink, or Erk sous
This is another popular drink in Arab countries, especially Egypt and Syria.
Erk-sous is a black, mildly sweet and slightly bitter beverage made from the liquorice root. Although not to everyone’s taste, Erk-sous or liquorice drink, is better known in the form of candy than as a drink.
Erk sous is made from the liquorice root
Carob juice or Kharoub
Carob juice, also known as Kharoub, is a traditional Egyptian drink, that is usually drunk during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
The healthy and refreshing drink is full of fibre, protein and antioxidants, that helps Muslims go through the long hours of fasting.
Carob juice, which can be used to make sugar, gives the feeling of gulping down a glass of thin honey.
Kharoub is full of fibre, protein and antioxidants
Tamerind or Tamr Hindi
Tamerind also known in Arabic as “Tamr Hendi/Tamr Hindi”, is very popular in Arabic countries.
Despite its name, Tamr Hindi is a very sour drink that is considered the twin of Hibiscus as it is made almost in the same way.
Tamarind is a very sour drink
Jallab is a popular drink around the Middle East, especially in Syria, Palestine and Lebanon. The drink is made from dates, grape molasses and rose water and served with lots of ice and topped with pine nuts and raisins.
Jallab is made from dates, grape molasses and rose water