What to drink during your travels?
Are you going to join tours Turkey? There are many essential cities or regions that you should know as you pass through this spectacular country: from its magnificent Istanbul, or a circuit to Cappadocia, you can enter in the typical landscapes of Turkey.
However, if you want to know more about Turkish culture, you can also do it through its gastronomy. More specifically, through their drinks and wines. Find out what your principals are!
The most common drink in Istanbul is the tea (cay), which is usually served black in small, tulip-shaped glasses. It is offered in any type of establishments: in stores and bazaars, and even in banks and offices.
Breakfast is usually accompanied by tea, while small cups of strong Turkish coffee (kahve) are filled in the middle of the morning and at the end of meals. Cold drinks include a variety of fresh fruit juices, such as orange and cherry, and refreshing syrup-based sherbets.
Although Turkey does not produce its own wine and beer, the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country is the Raki, which is usually served to accompany mezes.
Drinks without alcohol
Bottled mineral water (su) is sold in corner stores and is served in restaurants around the world. If you are feeling adventurous, you will like to taste a glass of ayran, salted liquid yogurt. Boza, made of bulgur wheat, is another local drink you should try.
In addition, you will find a great variety of refreshing fruit and vegetable juices: all of them include cherry juice (Suyu Visne), turnip juice (suyu Salgam) and sira, a fermented grape juice.
Coffee and tea
Turkish coffee (kahve) is dark and strong, and receives a different name depending on the amount of sugar required: az (little), orta (medium), or sekerli cok (much). You may have to ask, especially, as some restaurants can give you instant coffee.
The omnipresent drink is the tea (cayo). It is served with sugar, but without milk, and in a small, tulip-shaped glass. Apple (elma) is the most popular flavor, but there are also linden (ihlamur), rosehip (kusburnu) and mint (nane) teas.
The national alcoholic beverage in Turkey is Rraki (“lion’s milk”) with a flavor similar to that of anise, which becomes cloudy when water is added. Drink with fish and mezes.