By Nawal Nasrallah

Sakanjabīl: The Perfect Beverage


Not many people may drink sakanjabeel in Iraq these days, and I suspect the new generation knows anything about it. So here it is! Really worth rediscovering.

Medieval thirst-quenching drinks

There was a time when sakanjabeel was the drink of choice. It was the thirst quencher in the hot days of summer and during the fasting days of Ramadan. It was the digestive tonic to have after a heavy meal; and when tweaked with herbs and spices, it was used as a remedy for many common illnesses, such adding aniseeds to expel phlegm; cardamom to …read more