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Popular hot drinks in the Middle East


 The popular tea is often sweet and sugary. It is served in very hot glasses that are hard to handle as they don’t have handles. The easiest way to drink from them is to hold the bottom with your thumb and the top with your index finger.  Mint and cinnamon teas are often favoured and of course Z-hourat is a super popular herbal tea made from a blend of aromatic herbs and rose petals.

 tea pots filled with herbal teas
Arabic Coffee:
Spices play a big role in Arabic coffee. The most common spice used is cardamom. It is added in large quantities.  Arabic coffee is often strong, robust and slightly bitter with that beautiful fragrance of the cardamom.   This is the reason dates are served along side coffee, to counter the bitterness. You can easily just add sugar too.  There are many variations on how to make Arabic coffee. How I make  Arabic Coffee
Arabic coffee served in a cup
White Coffee might sound unusual.  I suppose it is.  I had never heard of this until I met my mother in law.  She prefers white coffee known in the Middle East as Kahweh Baida or Café Blanc because it’s decaffeinated.  This is simply a cup of hot boiled water with 1-2 tsp of orange blossom water with sugar being optional.  Café Blanc soothes and calms your stomach according to my mother in law.  I really just enjoy the taste!

Sahlab – Warm Dessert Drink:

sahlab warm milk dessert drink
The most popular hot dessert drink is sahlab.  This traditional dessert drink is my favourite in winter as it is sure to warm you up.   It’s a smooth milk like pudding that can be instantly prepared with a sahlab mix (bought in packets from Middle Eastern grocery stores) and garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.  Otherwise make it from scratch in 5 minutes. Get recipe here

Hot Cocoa :

Hot cocoa is made purely from cocoa powder and brings back childhood memories for me.  There is nothing more satisfying than drinking homemade hot cocoa.  It’s comforting and delicious at the same time. My Cocoa Drink Recipe.

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