Popular drinks to enjoy during Ramadan
A refreshing drink after a long fast during warm weather is a welcome delight in the month of Ramadan here in Qatar. Having a cool drink after breaking your fast will help keep you hydrated and give you a quick energy boost to keep you going.
Here’s a list of some of the popular drinks enjoyed during Ramadan in Qatar.
A crowd favorite amongst Asian households during Ramadan, Rooh Afza (rose syrup) is an excellent thirst quencher during the month of Ramadan. The vibrantly coloured drink can be made by adding the Rooh Afza syrup to a cup of cold water and mixing it with a few spoons of sugar.
Alternatively, it is enjoyed as ‘falooda’, where the syrup is mixed with either cold milk or milkmaid and enjoyed with various toppings such as flavored jelly, chia seeds, nuts and ice cream.
Places to buy Rooh Afza: Rooh Afza syrup is widely available in supermarkets across Qatar
Restaurant suggestions for falooda: Iceberg House of Falooda and Brooks Café Qatar
Immensely enjoyed during iftar time in most houses in the GCC, Vimto is a cordial made of syrup, cold water and a few spoons of sugar. The popular drink was first introduced to the Middle East in 1927 by the Aujan family and this year Vimto will be celebrating its centennial Ramadan in the Middle East.
Places to buy Vimto: Vimto cordial is widely available in supermarkets across Qatar
Restaurant suggestions for Vimto: Graze Café and Shay & Rqaq
This flavorsome drink is made with date molasses, rose water and topped with pine nuts and crushed ice. Popular across most Arab households, Jallab has a sweet and tangy taste that makes it an excellent refresher to break your fast with.
Places to buy Jallab: The Jallab syrup can be bought in supermarkets across Qatar
Restaurant suggestions for Jallab: Sabah W Masa, Cherry and Berry and Al Huda Bakery
Tamer Hindi (Tamarind juice)
A sweet and tangy drink, that’s light and refreshing to have during iftar, Tamer Hindi is a crowd favorite in all households during the month of Ramadan. This thirst quencher is made by soaking the tamarind fruit in water, followed by removing the seeds by sifting and finally blending it with some chilled water for a perfect consistency. Sugar is added according to preference and served chilled.
Restaurant suggestions for Tamer Hindi: Al Huda Bakery, Layali Al Qahira and Cherry and Berry
Karkade (Hibiscus Tea)
Popular in both Egyptian and Sudanese cuisine, Karkade is made from the roselle flower and can be enjoyed either hot or cold. It has a tart, cranberry like flavor and is best had enjoyed chilled during iftar.
Restaurant suggestions for Karkade: Al Huda Bakery and Cherry and Berry
An Apricot based drink, Qamar Al-Din is sweet and gives you a much needed energy boost post iftar. Traditionally served chilled, and topped with apricot pieces and crushed ice, Qamar Al-Din is a popular drink in most Arab households during Ramadan.
Restaurant suggestions for Qamar Al-Din: Wooden Bakery
If you are looking for ways to stay healthy, here’s a list of places to get guilt-free ready-to-eat meals during the month of Ramadan.
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