Popular sharbats are sharbat albaloo, ablimou, lemon or limade, and sharbats made with seeds. One such sharbat is tokhme sharbati, chia seed (yes, chia as in pet). Chia seeds have a lot of health benefits. They reduce food cravings, reduce blood pressure and are high in Omega-3s. When they are soaked in water, they form a gel that is known to hydrate. Aside from using them in sharbat, I usually sprinkle them in yogurt or on fruit. You can find chia seeds in any store- I get them from my local grocery store in the Latin food section.
Another popular drink is khakshir, literally dirt/dust milk. It has no milk, so I'm not quite sure how that got in the name, but the tiny reddish brown seeds give it the appearance of dirt, but even that is a stretch. It's funny that I know the names of most herbs, spices and seeds in Persian but not in English because they aren't as popular here. So after doing a bit of research, khakshir seems to be mugwort seed, which if you are anything like me, that's probably about as helpful as the Persian. It's a good detox for the liver and good for constipation symptoms as well. I remember passing out from heat exhaustion once at Omar Khayyam's mausoleum in Neyshabur. When I came to, I was immediately given a glass of cold khakshir. Herbal medicine at its finest.
I'm not really big on recipes- I don't know how much of what to add because I usually make things "to taste", just adding and seeing what happens. So here is my un-recipe for tokhme sharbati and khakshir to serve one: one glass of cold water, a teaspoon of chia seeds or 2 teaspoons of khakshir, a splash of rose water, sugar or honey to sweeten (if you like), and ice cubes (optional). Stir together. For tokhme sharbati, wait a few minutes for the seeds to form the gel.
|Khakshir on top; Tokhme sharbati on bottom|