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What to Drink in Istanbul?

In Istanbul you have a wide variety of local drinks to try out — hot or cold, with or without alcohol. Some of them will sound and look familiar but come with a Turkish twist, such as tea or coffee. Others will be new to you and are well worth a try to please your taste buds. Among those are ayran, boza and other juices. In the alcoholic department, rakı is the undisputed national drink, followed by locally bottled beers and wines. Here’s an overview.

Coffee and Tea

The most widespread drink in Istanbul is tea (çay), served in small, tulip-shaped glasses. Turks consume it during breakfast, and continue drinking it throughout the day. They’ll offer it to you in shops and bazaars, and even in banks and offices. What about their famous Turkish coffee (Türk kahvesi) then? Locals usually drink it mid-morning and to finish off a meal.

Other Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Alcoholic Drinks

Although Turkey is a Muslim country, its people (particularly men) like nothing more than a convivial drink or two. Rakı is certainly the most popular of all alcoholic beverages, while beer (bira) claims second place. A notable third is wine grown and bottled in Turkey [5].

Cheers – şerefe!

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