Popular Ramadan drinks

Recipes for traditional drinks to stay hydrated after sunset

Popular Ramadan drinks

Popular drinks for iftar include ayran (a lassi like, yoghurt-based drink diluted and flavoured with mint) and laban. We suggest you also prepare copious amounts of a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink like jallab, which is made by adding two tablespoons of date molasses, two teaspoons of rosewater and a small handful of sliced almonds to a glass of water and ice. Refreshing drinks are of paramount importance when breaking the fast. A lack of water and hydration during the intense heat of the day will need to be addressed by sunset.


• 3tbsp Arabic coffee
• 1tbsp ground cardamom
• 3 cups water
• A pinch of saffron
• A few cloves
• 1tsp rose water (optional)


• Bring a pot of water to the boil and remove from the heat.

• Add the coffee and ground cardamom and return the pot to the stove on a low heat. Don’t let the coffee boil, and don’t stir.

• When the coffee begins to froth (10-12 mins), remove the pot from the heat. Add the cloves and return to the heat for five mins.

• Meanwhile, heat a coffee pot by adding boiling water.

• Discard the water before adding the coffee.

• Remove the coffee from the heat and leave it to settle before straining into the pot.

• Add a pinch of saffron and a teaspoon of rosewater before serving.


• 3½ cups water
• 2tbsp black tea
• 1½ cans evaporated
or condensed milk
• 2tsp ground cardamom
• 5tbsp sugar


• Bring a pot of water to the boil and remove from the heat.

• Add the tea, cardamom and sugar and simmer for five to seven mins.

• Drizzle in the condensed or evaporated milk.

• Continue to heat the milk until it is about to overflow and then remove from the heat and strain

• Experiment with quantities sugar, tea and milk for taste.

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