Below are a list of Turkish drinks that are famous within in Turkey that you should ensure you try on your next visit!
Cay (Turkish Tea) is brewed for around 15 minutes and tastes floral and considerably less bitter than typical English teas. Due to it being less bitter, it is consumed without milk but quite often with sugar. Cay is the number one consumed drink in Turkey after water and is consumed more per capita than it is in England! Read more on Cay here.
Salep is a starchy drink made from Orchids and cinnamon. It is very popular in Turkey due to its origins in the Ottoman Empire. Salep is generally only seen in winter months but it is definitely something you should try if you see it! If you don’t see it in cafe’s, you can buy little powder sachets in shops that you can make at home.
3. Turkish Coffee.
Turkish coffee is generally either brewed with sugar or by itself in copper pots. It is served as an espresso sized drink with the coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup. Once the liquor is consumed, the grounds can be read to give you your fortune. Coffee is usually drank just after breakfast and to celebrate with friends. Read more on Turkish Coffee here.
Raki is an Aniseed alcoholic beverage generally served at fish restaurants and to commiserate a sad loss. I can honestly say I have no idea why it is served at fish restaurants and not at others, but you will also see this if you visit Turkey! Raki is a clear liquid however turns cloudy white once water is added which is how it is served. This phenomenon of turning white has resulted In the drink commonly being called aslan sütü which translates to Lion’s Milk.
The ethanol concentration is Raki is just enough to keep the Aniseed essential oils soluble (dissolved) but once water is added, the concentration lowers and the oils come out of solution turning the drink cloudy white!
Ayran is a salty yoghurt drink which is very commonly served with meat kebabs. This is because the yoghurt cuts through the grease and is very refreshing!
I would highly recommend trying this with a kebab.
Bomonti is a lager produced in Turkey and is one of the most famous aside to Efes.
It is usually served in 33cl and 50cl which goes for around 8tl-13tl generally but prices do vary significantly. Bomonti like most lagers is best served cold and can be found in most tourist places in Istanbul.
That’s it for my list of famous Turkish drinks! Let me know in the comments if you would have anything to add! Thank you.