A traditional drink from Cyprus, normally enjoyed with meat dishes. It’s also perfect for instant refreshment in the hot weather.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
1. Add yogurt into a blender and mix.
2. Add the water and continue mixing until foam has formed on top.
3. Add salt to your taste and blend into the mixture.
4. Pour the drink into a jar, add the mint to taste and mix with a spoon.
5. Serve instantly by pouring into a glass. Keep any remainder in the fridge and use it within 24 hours.
Tips: You can use fresh mint leaves when serving to add extra taste.
A classic juice that can be a refreshing accompaniment to a meal or a great way to cool down in the hot weather. You can also serve in colder weather with desserts.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
1. Squeeze all the lemons into a large bowl. Once you have squeezed them all, measure how many glasses of juice you have. (An easy way to do this is to measure how much a glass holds with a measuring jug, then pour your lemon juice into the measuring jug and work out how many glasses you have overall).
2. For every glass of lemon juice you have made you need two glasses of sugar. Once you have measured out how much sugar you need, pour it into the lemon juice.
3. Mix thoroughly, then leave to settle for 2 days.
4. Whilst it is settling, mix 3 times a day with a spoon to allow the sugar to dissolve.
5. Once the sugar has dissolved you will then need to pour the limonata into jars, which you can then place in the fridge.
6. To serve, you only need 4 tbsp of the limonata per glass, then top up the glass with fresh water.
7. The juice can stay in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Tips: You can serve with lemon slices, fresh mint or ice. To add extra taste you can squeeze oranges or mandarin juice into the mixture when making the limonata.
A drink perfect to enjoy with friends or family. Most Cypriots enjoy the drink right after their meal or when visiting friends at home.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
1. Measure two glasses of water using the espresso coffee cups and then pour the water into the pot.
2. Put two teaspoons of coffee in the water and stir.
3. You can now also add two spoons of sugar if you want it sweet.
4. Stir on the hob until the coffee starts bubbling and rising.
5. Once cooked, pour into the coffee cups in equal amounts.
6. Serve immediately with a glass of water.
Tips: You can serve Turkish coffee with chocolates or Turkish delight for an extra treat.
The unofficial cocktail of Cyprus! Brilliant as a refreshing alcoholic beverage to enjoy in the evening sunshine after a hot summer's day.
Prep Time: 2 Minutes
1. Crush some ice (or just use cubes) in a tall glass and add the drops of bitters
2. Add the brandy to the glass.
3. Add the lemon squash.
4. Stir to mix together and then top up with either soda water or lemonade.
Tips: Add some fresh lemon slices for extra taste. The ratio of brandy to lemon should be 2:1. Using soda enhances the brandy taste and is less sweet, whilst lemonade gives a much sweeter flavour, or mix it up and use both!
Escaping home may not be a realistic option at the moment but you can always travel through the power of your taste buds.