At this time of the year, you can see Boza in supermarkets and sometimes in the streets.
You find this drink especially in winter because of its sensitivity to heat.
The Boza is a fermented beverage made from cereals (millet, wheat, corn, etc…).
It was a very popular drink under the Ottoman Empire.
The Boza was banned for a time, because of the small amount of alcohol it contained. (Source)
In Turkey, the drink is often served with grilled chickpeas as an appetizer. It comes with cinnamon powder to sprinkle on top of your glass.
There are different recipes, one of the most popular brands is Vefa, a company that has been making Boza for more than 150 years.
In 1876, brothers Haci Ibrahim and Haci Sadik established a boza shop in the Istanbul district of Vefa.
This boza, with its thick consistency and tart flavor, became famous throughout the city and is the only boza shop dating from that period still in business today. The firm is now run by Haci Sadik and Haci Ibrahim’s great-great-grandchildren.
As a legacy of Ottoman invasions, boza is still popular today not only in Turkey but also in Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, and Romania.