Tea – شاي
Tea is a very common drink for all kind of occasions. It is either served in a cup or more often in a short, small glass without handle called “Istikan”, probably derived from East-Tea-Can. Some Arabs drink tea extremely dark, here in Jordan they tend to add a lot of sugar. When you are asked, how you want your tea, you can say “bedun”, meaning without or “khafif”, light (a little sugar) or “thaqil”, heavy (a lot of sugar).
Very often fresh mint leaves are added to the sugar, even without asking for it. In most places, you will be able to order “Chai bil Na’ana”, tea with mint. It is very tasty and nice after lunch or dinner or even just alone.
Coffee – قهوة
Coffee or “Qahwe” in Arabic is also very common in Jordan. Often referred to as Turkish coffee, although coffee is originally Arabic, if I am not mistaken, it is a coffee with a blend of cardamon, grinned very finely and drunk out of a small cup called “Finjan”. The coffee is cooked on the stove together with sugar according to your likeliness and poured into the cups before it is really boiled.
Similar to the tea, you can order your coffee “bedun” or “sade”, black or you want a little sugar you can say “wassad”, something in the middle, although it might probably already be too sweet. There are plenty of recipes and videos on the web and instructions differ slightly among them. It depends a little bit on the region and taste, I assume.
Lemon Juice with Mint – لمون و نعنا
A very typical choice of drink in Jordan that I really like is fresh lemon juice with mint. You can get it nearly in every place and it usually tastes great unless they put too much sugar, which ruins it. Mostly it is a smoothy with crushed ice, and fresh mint added. it is a really refreshing drink.
Alcohol is not very popular in Jordan since it does not go conform to the beliefs of Islam. Therefore, in most places including restaurants, no alcohol is served. In the hotels and in some restaurants or bars and pubs you can find alcohol. If you want to buy alcohol for home, you have to go to a bottle shop. The only bottle shop inside a supermarket is (to my knowledge) in Cozmo at the 7th circle.
However, there are plenty of other liquor stores around the city. One location I would like to make you aware of is the Carakale Brewery in Fuheis. It is Jordan’s first microbrewery according to their website. They also offer tours, have a wonderful tasting room with an awesome view and you can even buy cases of their great beer for a more affordable price than anywhere else.
Finally, have a look at my latest article about Petra Beer Jordan. They have a Lager, a Weizen, and an Amber and they taste really great!