cold drinks


I doubt most of you have ever heard of sobia it’s a very old fashioned traditional recipe of Saudi. One so old that it’s in fact starting to die with the new generation as time goes on in Riyadh but I have heard the drink thrives on in the Western province. Sobia is a barley drink made in the homes of the older generation during the Holy month every year. Men usually go out after asr and set up a little stand to sell their homemade sobia to the passersby’s to take home and have for iftar. I usually see 4 different colors clear, yellow, red and purple. Some are flavored with raisins, tamarind while others are plain. Sobia is pretty cheap and its sellers do not sell for the money but more so to try to keep a tradition live.

Sobias ingredients include barley, brown bread, cinnamon, sugar and cardamom. The bread and barley is placed in a large pot for 24 hours then the mixture is boiled with the above spices and sits another day. Then the bread is strained and poured and sugar is added into 1-1/2 liter jugs or large plastic bags. This is the recipe I was able to get to share with you all. Personally I am not a fan of sobia I mean it taste like bread and water which is not something I like but those who grew up on it love it.

1 whole wheat pita bread
12 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon oats

1. Cut bread into small pieces. In a large bowl add 6 cups of the water, oats, 3/4 cup of the sugar and bread, soak overnight.

2. Squeeze bread with hands, drain twice with a strainer. Add cardamom, cinnamon and then drain for a third time.

3. Add remaining water and sugar; stir well until sugar has dissolved. Pour into jugs and place into refrigerator.

* I hope you all can see the sobia well enough. My husband snapped this for me on a cloudy day through a dirty window with an Iphone lol.

Kamar Al Din

Kamir Al Din is the most popular Ramadan drink throughout the Middle East (besides Vimto of course). This sweet drink is made of dried apricot sheets that look like a big thick fruit roll up. This fruit is made and brought from Syria. The paste is made from sun dried apricots, glucose and olive oil. Some people like to eat it alone or make various Ramadan desserts with it. You can do a lot with it. For those who live in the West and cannot find these fruit sheets you can look online to order some.

1/4 piece of the roll, cut into small pieces
5 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange blossom water
1. In a pitcher add apricot pieces and 1 cup of the water. Allow to soak for at least two hours.
2. Add sugar and orange blossom water into pitcher. Place a hand held mixer into pitcher and blend well. Add remaining water and stir. Place in refrigerator.

Leftover Coffee Ideas

When I first bought my French Press last month I would always end up with about one or two inches of leftover coffee. At
first I just threw it out but then I thought why I am wasting this really good coffee (not the leftover part with the grounds just extra coffee) I grabbed a large jar with a lid from the cabinet and every day I would pour my leftover coffee in the jar and then refrigerate it. I also poured some in my ice cubes so that I can make some awesome cold coffee; I always hate how watery real ice makes your cold coffee.
Every time I go to any coffee house in the Summer I order an espresso shaker. Just espresso, milk and some ice is the way I like it. Now at home when I am in the mood for one of my favorite chill out drinks I just go to the fridge and take out my coffee jar, add some milk and sugar and shake like crazy. I pop some of my coffee cubes in a cup and pour my drink over the top. It’s fast, easy and delicious and I do it all with the little bit of coffee leftover daily.
What are some of your favorite summer time coffee recipes and tricks?