Archive for the ‘Cold Beverages’ Category

Since this is made from yellow raisins, the technique slightly differs than that of the black or red raisins. But it tastes amazing all the same Maa Sha Allah. Yallah Bismillah. You will need:

1) 3 cups of water

2) 1 cup of yellow raisins.

Boil water. Add raisins and cover. Leave in refrigerator for 1 day. Blend water and soaked raisins in a blender and then run through a sieve. Serve chilled or with ice cubes.

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In a hadith narrated by Ad-Daylami: “We came to the Prophet (Peace and Blessing be Upon Him) and said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you know who we are, from where we are and to whom we have come.’ He said: ‘To Allah and His Messenger.’ We said: “O Messenger of Allah, we have grapes; what should we do with them?’ He said: ‘Make them raisins.’ We then asked: ‘What should we do with raisins?’ He replied: ‘Steep them in the morning and drink in the evening, and steep them in the evening and drink in the morning. Steep them in skin vessels and do not steep them in earthen jar, for if it is delayed in pressing, it becomes vinegar.’ [Sunan Abu Dawud]

Of raisins the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) said,  “What an excellent food raisins are; they relieve fatigue, cool away rage, strengthen the nerves, ameliorate flavor, treat phlegm, and clear skin color” (Al-Dhahabi). It is also noted by Al-Bukhari that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) would often soak raisins in water and drink it. This is a Sunnah maintained by people from Yemen. In the Old City of Sana’a “Naqee’e Al Enab” is sold as it is in many restaurants around the city. Yemen is known for its grapes that have become proverbial among Arabs.

There are a number of ways that you can make this drink.

Method One [the one that I used]: 

1) 3 cups of water

2) 3 tbsp of sugar [more or less depending on how sweet your grapes are]

3) 1 cup of black raisins . If you do not have Yemeni raisins which are among the best in the world, then you can use Chilean Fire Flame Raisins sold at your local organic store like Fresh Market or Earthfare]. You want some good quality raisins. Make sure you wash them.

Bring water and sugar to a rolling boil. Turn off add the raisins and cover immediately. When cool, refrigerate for 2 days and no longer than that. Sieve into glasses and serve cold.

Method 2: 

1) 3 cups of water

2) 1 cup of black raisins .

Boil water. Add raisins and cover. Leave in refrigerator for 1-2 days and enjoy.

Method 3: 

1) 3 cups of water

2) 1 cup of black raisins.

Boil water. Add raisins and cover. Leave in refrigerator for 1 day. Blend water and soaked raisins in a blender and then run through a sieve and serve. This will have a thicker consistency and darker color.

* Will be trying other  colors of raisins soon and posting Insha Allah.

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Ginger is mentioned in the Qur’an as being one of the flavors of the drinks in Jannah [Paradise].

Allah [Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala] says, “And they will be given to drink a cup whose mixture is of ginger” [76:17]

Here’s a simple drink made from fresh ginger on earth in anticipation insha Allah of things to come in the Jannah of the Hereafter. This recipe was given to me by my Sister Arwa Almas. You will need:

1)  Fresh ginger, about the size of your forefinger  [comes to about 2 tbslp] or less if that’s too strong for you. Washed and peeled.

2) 1 cup of cold water

3) honey to sweeten to taste [or sugar if you prefer]

In a blender place all ingredients, and blend until they all come together. Sieve, and pour into glass. Adjust the sweetness if necessary. Refrigerate or add some ice cubes and enjoy.

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This recipe was shared by my sister Arwa Almas who has just moved to Maryland from Yemen to join her husband Abdullah. It’s actually my brother in laws recipe.

In a blender add (for two)

1) 2 cups crushed ice
2) 1 can of  crushed, diced or sliced Pineapple WITH juice (I used a 20 Oz. can)
3) 1/2 a 13.5floz of Coconut Cream
4) 1/2 cup of cream or condensed milk

Blend, pour into classes, serve and enjoy!

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In the city of Aden, in Yemen, we were used to going out to have this drink on a warm summer day with family. This is often served in the states in some South Asian [Indian], and Turkish restaurants. Indians call it Lassi, and the Turkish call it Ayran. Some Middle Eastern stores sell it salty with mint. I personally used to like it with salt, but it is originally made with sugar in Yemen. I am going to give you the recipe with sugar, since the salt is just my personal preference. My husband thinks I am weird to like it with salt.

To serve two you will need:

1) 2 cups of plain yoghurt

2) 1/4 cup of sugar–more if you like it sweeter

3) 2 cups of cold water–if you like it thinner you can use 3 cups

4) 1 cup of ice

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend well. Serve cold.

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This cold drink brings fond memories of summer days in Aden, especially extremely hot Ramadans. I also remember that our first floor neighbor used to distribute bottles of it annually to the whole neighborhood. It was her an annual sadaqa (charity) –may Allah rest her soul. There were a lot of smiley faces when the chilled bottle would arrive at everyone’s doorstep.

I still make it often during Ramadan, and it still as my Uncle Iqbal would say, “Go down a dry throat and cool the heart.”


1) 3 cups of water

2) 1/2 cup of powdered milk (I use Nido)–but you can use any milk.

3) 1/4 cup of sugar–more if you like it sweeter

4) few drops of red food coloring

5) 1/2 tsp of powdered vanilla

Whisk the water, powdered milk and sugar in a pot. Boil until it comes to rolling boiling. Turn off. Add the rest of the ingredients–vanilla and red food coloring–and mix well. When it has cooled, chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve with ice cubes.

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A Dreamy Green

This is one of my favorite cold beverages–although in the past it seemed strange that the combination of the ingredients would in ANY way appeal to me. It was a wonderful surprise for my taste buds, that now just can’t get enough of it.

You will need:

1)  1 ripe avocado (ripe and GREEN, no dark spots or else it will affect both the color and the taste)

2) 2 cups of 2% milk (more if you would like it thinner) –for a richer taste use 1 and 1/2 cups of evaporated milk and 1/2 cup of water

3) 1/4 cup sugar, less or more as desired

In a blender place the milk, sugar and avocado (peeled and cored). To peel the avocado first cut into half (careful to cut around the pit). Then open up and hit the pit with a knife and it will easily slide out. Then using a tablespoon scoop the avocado out of its outer shell. Blend well until green and frothy, about a minute or so. Serve chilled.

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