Ancient Iran amazes with its diversity and rich culture. It’s amazing how in the XXI century, in modern cities people live according to ancient traditions and preserve invaluable heritage. The diversity of Iran’s climate is also amazing. From city to city you вилл witness different seasons: from the hot coast you can find yourself in the ski resort and go skiing.
Iran’s cuisine is also diverse, offering delicious food and drinks for each weather.
Summer is so close, and in the Persian Gulf, locals already escape from the heat sipping tasty refreshing drinks. Today, we will tell you about the most delicious traditional and other cold drinks that help the locals to bear the heat.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Doogh
Doogh is the most popular summer drink in Iran. The sour milk product perfectly refreshes on hot summer days. For greater effect, mint and ice are added.
Doogh is usually served after dinner. The drink speeds up digestion and helps to absorb heavy food. Doogh may have a relaxing effect thus it is not advised to drink while driving.
The traditional drink can be found at every step or ordered in cafes and restaurants.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Sharbat
Sharbat is actually our favorite fruit and berry sorbet. A sweet drink with ice is sold at every step in Tehran and once you see colorful cisterns, it is impossible to pass by.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Khakshir and tokhme sharbat
Khakshir and tokhme sharbat are prepared on the same principle and with the same ingredients. The main ingredient of drinks is sweet water (sharbat). Drinks differ in additives. For khakshir seeds of wormwood are added, and seeds of chia in tokhme sharbat.
The traditional drinks are served with ice for a refreshing effect. Besides of the refreshing effect the drinks are very useful. They are considered natural energetic drinks.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Fruit freshes
Walking through Tehran and other cities, you can see a huge number of counters selling fresh drinks. Orange fresh is the most popular. It is worth to try melon, watermelon and pineapple juice with ice.
If you want to try something new, choose Ab havidzh about Bastani (carrot fresh with ice cream). A traditional Iranian drink is prepared from freshly squeezed carrot juice and saffron ice cream. The drink is not only delicious but also refreshing.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Lemonade
In Iran, there is a huge variety of lemonades. Refreshing drinks are made from fruits with mint and ice. In a country with a hot climate, it is impossible to live without refreshing drinks. Homemade lemonades are made from sweet soda water, adding slices of lemon, mint, and ice.
In restaurants and cafes, you will be offered a wide variety of lemonades from fruits with rosemary, mint, and basil. One of the most interesting lemonades is cucumber lemonade. The thing is that the Iranians consider the cucumber as a fruit.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Mojito
Mojito in Iran differs from the traditional Cuban drink. In Iran, ingredients for mojito are mixed in a blender. Thus, the taste becomes brighter. And of course, there is no rum in the Iranian Mojito.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Smoothie
Iranians keep pace with the times, and tasty smoothies have already become very popular. In Iran, smoothies are prepared in a traditional way just like they are used to in the whole world. Iranian traditional smoothies are made from bananas and milk with the addition of date fruit and mango juice.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Cold Coffee
The traditional Iranian drink is tea, but with the European influence, cold coffee has become a favorite refreshing drink for Iranian youth. You will find wide variety of cold coffees with syrups and ice cream in cafés.
Refreshing Summer Drinks in Iran: Coke
And of course, there is a Coke, an adorable drink. Coca-Cola is sold in all shops and fast food. Everyone just loves it.