Azerbaijan International

 Autumn 2000 (8.3)

Fruit Drink


Kids love sharbat, because it is basically the juice of boiled fruit that has been slightly sweetened with sugar. Unfortunately, this traditional item is rapidly disappearing from Azerbaijani tables, due to the arrival of Western beverages that are manufactured locally and have become widely available since independence.

There are two types of sharbat. One is a lightly sweetened compote, with a strong fruit flavor such as cherry, strawberry, raspberry, pear, apple or plum. The second type is a concentrated fruit-based syrup, served mostly in Southern Azerbaijan (Iran). It is diluted with water and ice cubes and offered to guests to cool them off on hot summer days. Mint and other herbs may also used.


From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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