Ramzan is a romanized word for Ramadan which comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. It is a lunar month of hot Arabia and to cope with it, several drinks have been created and introduced over the course of time.
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This year the holy month of Ramzan falls in the summer, making fasting a tough task for Muslims. As the body loses liquids, Muslims need to drink more after Iftar in order to avoid dehydration.
All of the following are traditional Ramzan drinks that can keep you hydrated:
Dates & Milk
Dates and Milk are traditionally eaten right after the sunset call to prayer, when Muslims break the fast.
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.
Amar al din – Apricot Juice
It is a perfect way to start Iftar as it contains enough sugar to boost the digestive system without over stimulating it.
It is made from either rolled dried apricot or dried apricot paste and contains digestive aids, metabolism regulators, vitamins, and other useful properties.
Sobia – Coconut with Milk
Karkadeh – Hibiscus Tea
Karkadeh, which is a typical Ramzan drink can
With a hearty Iftar meal the cold version is preferred.
Erk sous – Liquorice drink
Erk-sous is a black, mildly sweet and slightly bitter beverage made from the licorice root.
Although not to everyone’s taste, Erk-sous or liquorice drink, is better known in the form of candy than as a drink.
Kharoub – Carob juice
The healthy and refreshing drink is full of fiber, 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 to be gulping down a glass of thin honey.
Sahlab – Hot milk creamy beverage
The drink, which is preferred during the winter, is a creamy pudding made from hot milk and flavored with nuts and cinnamon.
During the summer, the versatile drink/dessert can also be served cold.
Though not strictly an Arabic drink, lemonade infused with cooling mint aids digestion and relieves heartburn. And after a day of basking in the sun there’s no better way to cool down.
A drink made by combining soaked, crushed tamarind with water, sugar and lemon juice. Tamar Hindi is perfectly sweet with a tangy kick, and was traditionally served across the Levant by travelling peddlers.