Summer in the Middle East can be intense. With temperatures soaring across regions, one can feel unusually fatigued and thirsty. Hence, it is of paramount importance to stay cool and hydrated during the hot weather. In additional to taking in plenty of water, drinking juices and other nutrient-rich drinks is the best way to battle the heat. It is critical to choose the appropriate drinks as there are some that can cause dehydration which may have an adverse effect, such as sweet sodas. As Middle Easterners are considered experts at living in the heat, below is a list of healthy summer drinks which help to stay refreshed and energised.
1. Natural Sparkling Drinks
A sparkling juice is a refreshing alternative to soda. The added carbonation makes it feel like a traditional soft drink, though due to the lower content of sugar and no artificial dyes added, it is a healthier option. When looking for a healthy and thirst-quenching sparkling drink during warmer days, Bateel’s unique sparkling apple and date juice is a perfect choice. It is infused with the goodness of fresh apples and organic gourmet dates with no added artificial sugar. When served chilled, it is the perfect refreshment for any celebration. It has light carbonation and can be used as a mixer for creative mocktails. It is available in Café Bateel, boutiques and available online in select countries.
2. Iced Tea
Tea is the world’s second most popular beverage, after. During the summer, there is nothing more refreshing than a glass of iced tea. The immediate mood lift it provides is not the only gain; there are numerous health advantages as well. To enjoy the maximum benefit of drinking tea, it is better to brew it at home. A glass of home-brewed iced tea a day is all you need to obtain your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Moreover, drinking tea can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes.
Combining the taste of sweet and sour together, Jellab is a floral middle-eastern traditional drink which originated from Syrian and Lebanese culture. It is made of date syrup, a touch of rose water, ice and water. Often topped with toasted pine nuts, this refreshing blend is perfect to have on hot summer days. It is a good source of minerals as well, such as potassium and sodium.
This creamy drink is much loved in the Gulf countries, as well as Egypt. Made from yoghurt, it is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and high-quality protein. In fact, many lactose-sensitive people can benefit from laban because it has less lactose and is easier to digest than milk. It helps to keep the body cool and hydrated during summer.
5. Cold Coffee
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping beans or ground coffee in cold water for up to 12-24 hours. This method makes the drink less bitter than its hot version. Bateel’s ground coffee presents the most authentic taste of Arabica coffee which enhances the taste and offers a bold flavour profile. It is ideal for those who want to have a rush of caffeine without the need to have an espresso. The caffeine in cold coffee may help improve metabolism and uplift mood. Cold coffee with milk and whipped cream is another signature drink in the region.
Many of these traditional drinks are available at Café Bateel. New signature drinks have been added to the summer menu giving a wide range of beverage options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Explore Café Bateel’s new signature summer beverages.