How to Escape the Summer Heat in Iranian Style
During the Hot Summer Days, nothing is better than cooling off with some kind of traditional Persian drink named Sharbat (Syrup) as the cool beverage! The summer heat and humidity in some cities along the seas and the shores (North and South of Iran) is a good reason to write about some popular traditional Iranian cooling drinks for those who plan to travel to Iran during the long hot summer holidays while wishing to escape the summer heat.
Some Popular Traditional Persian Drinks to Escape the Summer Heat
Sharbat-e Sekanjabin Khiyar, a kind of syrup made from grated fresh peeled cucumber in Sekanjabin syrup; Sharbat-e Ablimoo (lemon syrup) made of fresh lemon or lime juice and cold water with ice cubes sweetened with sugar; and Ab-e Hendevaneh (watermelon juice) are the three popular cool drinks among Iranians in the summer.
There are also some kinds of syrup made of herbal seeds, sugar, and cold water with ice cubes such as:
Sharbat-e Tokhme Sharbati
One of a kind is called Sharbat-e Tokhme Sharbati, made of Chia Seed- a kind of herbal seed. The hydrated seeds become jelly in the water. This healthy syrup is very popular in the summer. It is an appetizer, and a good source of Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, and carbohydrates. It is good for reducing blood pressure as well.
Sharbat-e Khakshir (Sisymbrium irio, known as London Rocket), the Persian Refreshing Summer Drink
Sharbat-e Khakshir is a thirst quencher drink that is very popular against heat and dehydration during hot summer days. Of course, this delicious soothing drink with its many health benefits is enjoyable all through the year. It will be more refreshing when it is served with lightly sweetened cold water, a touch of rose water, and ice cubes. As the tiniest reddish-brown seeds of Khakshir sit at the bottom of the glass, stirring up is recommended while drinking. Stir and watch the beautiful dance of Khakshir seeds in the water, take a sip and enjoy!
Khakshir is a natural and herbal liver detox drink that is good for skin improvement. It is used for healing the wound and reducing fever as well. Without adding any sugar or ice cubes, it is also used for medicinal purposes all year round. The scientific name of Khakshir is Sisymbrium irio and it is also known as the London rocket.
Sekanjabin: the Sweet and Sour Traditional Persian Drink
Sekanjabin is one of the oldest sweet and sour syrups in Iran, dating back to the ancient times. It’s a combination of mint extract, vinegar (serkeh), and angebin (that is the natural honey). sharbat-e Sekanjabin is usually served in the summer. It is very common in the southern cities of Iran where the summer is longer and hotter. Sekanjabin is not just syrup; it is also a good source of vitamins with medicinal values of healing power. Having Sekanjabin syrup with romaine lettuce has not only been an afternoon ritual in the summer in Iran for a long time but also it has been one of the delicious customs on the thirteenth and the last day of Nowruz.
Abdoogh Khiar, Persian Cold Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers, Herbs, crushed Walnuts & Raisins
Abdoogh khiar is a chilled yogurt soup with lots of aromatic fresh herbs, diced cucumbers, chopped radishes, crushed walnuts, and sweet golden raisins topped with dried rose petals and served with pieces of dried/toasted flatbread. In the summertime, whit high-temperature long days, this traditional summer recipe refreshes you and keeps you cool during the hot summer holiday.