As we all know, it is very hot in Egypt. This is why they have various coolers to refresh you during the day. Here are some simple recipes for you to try.
Raspberry Mint Cairo Cooler
It’s just like a virgin Mojito. You can add white rum to give it an extra kick.
1 Â Â cup fresh mint
2 1/2 Â cups pineapple juice
1 Â Â Â cup raspberries
1 cup fresh, strained lime juice
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups water
16 Â ounces cold lemon-lime soda
Lime wedges for garnish
Prepare the limeade ahead of time. In a medium saucepan under medium low heat, combine the water and sugar. Heat until the sugar melts. Stir occasionally. Let it cool and freeze it into ice cubes. Freeze the raspberries as well.
Combine all the ingredients in a glass or pitcher. Add the mint. Garnish the glass or pitcher with a lime wedge.
Karkady â€“Hibiscus Tea
Is an unusual but popular drink in Egypt. It is made of dried hibiscus petals. The best hibiscus comes from Upper Egypt, so don’t forget to bring home some if you go there.
1 cup hibiscus petals
2 cups sugar
Remove the stems or leaves from the dried petals. Soak it in cold water for 1-2 hours; you may refrigerate it if desired. Transfer it to a pot of water and let it boil. Remove from the pot and use filter paper to strain the liquid from the flower petals. After, place the petals in cold water for another 1-2 hours and then boil in water. Repeat the process until the petals lose its reddish color. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar granules dissolve. Serve warm or ice cold.
This is my personal favorite, but I prefer the plain (yogurt flavored) or the cucumber yogurt lassi. Use any fruit you wish.
2Â Â Â cups whole milk yogurt
1 Â Â Â cup ice water
1 Â Â Â cup cold milk
1/2 Â teaspoon ground cardamom
1 Â Â Â tablespoon rose water
2 Â Â Â Â mangoes, peeled and cut into cubes or 5 ripe bananas,Â sliced
Freeze the fruits or substitute water with crushed ice. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into individual glasses and garnish with fruit or sliced almonds if desired.
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