1. Traditional Drinks
Both the traditional and modern Turkish cuisine offers a variety of drinks that can be drunk any time of the day from breakfast to dinner time.
Cay, the Turkish tea, is grown along the Black Sea coast but it is available anywhere and drunk any time of the day. It is a hot drink that relaxes you and your stomach and helps digestion.
Turkish coffee, a traditional drink made of special coffee beans and drunk in small coffee cups, is served especially at important meetings or after meals. Popular in the southeastern region and influenced from the Arabic culture, Mirra, is a bitter coffee that is brewed several times before it is served.
Ayran, which originated in Central Asia, is another traditional drink of the Turkish culture. It is a refreshing salty drink, prepared with yoghurt and water.
Salep is a hot drink prepared with milk and served with cinnamon powder on top while Boza is made of fermented millet, water and sugar and topped with roasted chickpeas. These two drinks are consumed especially during the winter months.
Sıra (cider), made from fermented grape juice, and salgam suyu (turnip juice) obtained from the fermented red carrots, are traditional drinks served particularly with kebab dishes enriching the flavor of such type of meals.
Among the traditional beverages, serbet (sorbet) and surup (sirup) are the legacies of the Ottoman cuisine. They are preferred particularly during summer time for their refreshing taste. Similar to şerbet, şurup is concentrated sorbet and diluted with water before served.
2. Alcoholic Drinks
Turkey is a region that has innumerable top quality vineyards. The country produces both wine as well as raki, Turkey’s traditional alcoholic drink. Made from collected grapes, raki has a special place in the Turkish culture and is served primarily with meze and other food dishes. Turkish wine, on the other hand, is made from all types of grapes collected from the eastern and western Anatolia.
Raki from Tekirdag and wine from Avanos and Sirince are the best known Turkish alcoholic beverages.