There are many traditional Egyptian drinks in Egypt, and many historians also refer to Egypt as the inventors of beer.
Egypt has access to a large selection of fresh fruits that are difficult to come by in other similar institutions throughout the world due to the scorching weather conditions and its odd location on the crossroads of Asia and Africa.
It’s no surprise that Egypt will not offer alcoholic beverages more frequently due to Islam’s prohibition on drinking alcohol.
It does, however, contain a fair share of non-alcoholic and exotic drinks, which can be found in practically every restaurant and hotel.
Below is a list of some of Egypt’s most famous cocktails that you must taste.
Table of Contents
- 1. Tea
- 2. Mowz bil-Laban/Jawafa bil-Laban
- 3. Strawberry/Mango Juice
- 4. Qasab (Sugarcane Juice)
- 5. Karkade (Hibiscus Iced Tea)
- 6. Sahlab
- 7. Qamar al-Din (Apricot Juice)
- 8. Sobia (Coconut with Milk)
- 9. Fayrouz
- 10. Coffee
- 11. Homs Al-Sham
Tea is more than just a drink in Egypt, given Egyptians’ fondness for the beverage they received from the Arabians. It’s more of a tradition that reflects their identities and personalities. It’s no surprise that they adore tea.
Furthermore, Shay bil na’na, a popular mint tea, is offered in practically every Egyptian household.
2. Mowz bil-Laban/Jawafa bil-Laban
Bananas have been grown in Egypt for thousands of years, so it’s no surprise that they created this basic yet exotic banana smoothie that can be enjoyed.
This is one of the famous traditional Egyptian drinks, and this tasty drink is made by blending banana or guava with milk. Both beverages are made similarly, except that the seeds in the guava must be squeezed out.
3. Strawberry/Mango Juice
Any juice shop in Egypt will almost certainly have strawberry and mango juices available all year. Both are fixtures in every Egyptian home and make excellent drinks for weddings and family get-togethers.
Both are simple to recognize and make for a refreshing drink at any time of day.
4. Qasab (Sugarcane Juice)
Sugarcane juice, often known as ‘qasab,’ is another everyday Egyptian home staple. It’s a distinctive Egyptian drink that’s best served chilled to beat the heat of summer.
Sugarcane is grown throughout Southern Egypt, where the weather and soil conditions are excellent for its growth.
5. Karkade (Hibiscus Iced Tea)
This renowned hibiscus iced tea was thought to be a favorite drink of the Egyptian pharaohs. Weddings in Egypt are usually toasted with a good glass of hibiscus iced tea, which is more of a tradition than a custom.
The locals say that this trendy drink might help to calm nerves. It’s a drink made from dried hibiscus blossoms local to the area.
Sahlab is a famous Egyptian hot drink made from pulverized orchis mascula, sesame seeds, coconut, sugar, milk, almonds, and raisins as toppings.
This is one of the famous traditional Egyptian drinks, and it’s served hot with chopped pistachios and cinnamons in practically every coffee shop in Egypt.
7. Qamar al-Din (Apricot Juice)
This is a stewed apricot juice made from a dried apricot paste that is offered to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. However, Qamar al-Din means “religious moon,” It is popular in most Middle East, particularly in Syria and Egypt.
8. Sobia (Coconut with Milk)
Sobia, famous coconut-flavored milk in Egypt, is a wonderfully chilled sweet drink frequently served by street vendors during Ramadan.
It’s not just milk; it’s coconut milk, which will quench your thirst. Furthermore, most juice shops sell them throughout the year in plastic bottles.
Fayrouz is a unique blend of malt, natural fruit, and sparkling water in various flavors, including Apple, Peach, Pear, and Pineapple. It’s a refreshing drink free of preservatives and artificial flavors, made just for enjoyment and with a fresh, natural taste.
This is one of the traditional Egyptian drinks. Traditional Qahwa (coffee) is a sweet, Turkish-style coffee.
For Western coffee, ask for “Nescafe,” and don’t forget about Turkish coffee, which gets its name from how much sugar you put in it.
Furthermore, if you want one without sugar, name it Saada; if you want one with a bit of sugar, call it Riha; if you want it sweet, call it Masbut; and if you want it very sweet, call it Ziada.
11. Homs Al-Sham
Homs Al-Sham is one of the most crucial winter rituals and the most refreshing winter drink, as it is high in protein and helps regulate blood sugar levels.