There’s a reason why many restaurants offer tea with desserts after meals. Tea and sweets can complement one another very well. There’s a huge range of flavors in Turkish teas and many of them deliciously accompany your favorite desserts. Next time you reach into a Turkish restaurant or coffee for baklava don't forget to pair it with Turkish black tea.
Whatever the dessert, teas can only help elevate the experience. Whether you’re pairing your tea with your dessert, making a dessert with your tea, or just enjoying a tea that tastes just like your favorite dessert, you’ll find that tea can make enjoying your something sweet even sweeter.
Most Consumed Drink After Water
Tea is big in Turkey. A great deal of the population admires this drink. When asked to describe a hot summer day, a cold winter day, a visit to family or friends, a quick way to relax and especially a full breakfast, tea will be part of it and yes it is the second most consumed drink after water. People often associate Turkish tea with apple tea, but that’s just a touristic thing.
Traditional Turkish tea is black, and it’s consumed massively. Turks do sometimes fancy a herbal tea, such as rose hip (kuşburnu çayı), linden flower (ıhlamur çayı) among other flavors. But those are mostly consumed for their health characteristics and to color up the taste buds.
Turks use special curved, see-through tea glasses and a small plate underneath for making it easier to carry and serve. Since the steeped tea is on the top pot you should be careful with the amount you pour onto the glass.
How to Drink Turkish Tea
Half of a glass is very strong (koyu or demli), a quarter of a glass is considered normal, and less is light (açık). Then you of course add water to fill rest of the glass. Not all the way up though! You should leave 1 cm of space at the top to help the drinker to get a sip without spilling or burning his or her fingers. Moreover, traditional Turkish tea glasses have no handle like a regular Western cup, so you need to hold the glass from the top using your thumb and index finger.
In case you are the guest, keep the famous Turkish hospitality in mind: just like any other treat, the host will insist you have one more. To prevent this, you might apply an equally traditional way and put your tea spoon on top of your tea glass the minute you finish your tea. This means, “Honestly no – that’s enough. Thank you!”