3 Natural Ways To Say Cheers In Turkish & Drinking Culture

Cheers in Turkish

Learn how to say cheers in Turkish to enjoy your drink and chill with your Turkish friends! This is your chance to impress them with your knowledge about drinking traditions in Turkey!

No matter where you go in the world, there is something that people do in common: drinking. It’s known as a common social activity that people do to celebrate a special day or just cut loose. Either way, many people around the world enjoy a night out drinking with friends.

It is the same in Turkey. You might have been thinking that Turkey is a Muslim country in the middle east, so drinking alcohol must be prohibited or something however it’s simply NOT TRUE!

I got the urge to shed some light on this matter because I’ve seen some people mistake Turkey for Arab countries ruled by Islamic law. Since it is not the case in Turkey, plus there is a good number of the non-religious population besides the Muslim population living in the country.

Alright, if it’s understood that drinking is totally okay in Turkey, it’s time to learn about the drinking culture in Turkey, alcoholic drinks in Turkish cuisine (I’m planning to spare a whole another blog post about non-alcoholic drinks), and how to say cheers in Turkish.

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Turkish Drinking Traditions

raki with appetizers

The Turkish word for a drink, as a noun, is “içki” (p.s. içki is used for only alcoholic drinks; you can say “içecek” for non-alcoholic drinks) which comes from the verb “içmek” to drink.

Alcohol is a big part of social activity in daily life such as eating and drinking together while chatting. In Turkish culture, there is a special menu for casual drinking which is called “içki sofrası” the literal translation would be a “drink table/meal” in English. It is because drinking gatherings provide a warm atmosphere of comfort and friendship which allows people to express their feelings directly.

The “drinking meal” usually consists of “meze” which is a kind of appetizer, to accompany alcohol. So that people can focus on the conversation and sharing a chill moment rather than the food itself.

 

Alcoholic Drinks In Turkish Cuisine

Though Turkish cuisine is known for its delicious and satisfying foods, they can’t overshadow the common traditional drinks. Here are the popular alcoholic drinks that you must try while you’re in Turkey.

Raki – Rakı

a glass of raki

“Rakı” is an alcoholic drink made of twice-distilled grapes. It is a popular drink in Turkey as it is in other Balkan countries. It is often served with seafood or meze. It is comparable to several other alcoholic beverages available around the Mediterranean and the Middle East; such as pastis, ouzo, and arak.

One thing that differentiates Turkish rakı from the others mentioned above is that it changes color when water is added and it looks milky white. It is also known as the lion’s milk among local people because of its color.

Kumis – Kımız

kumis in bowls

“Kımız” is a fermented dairy product originally made from mare milk or donkey milk. Though it is not a popular drink choice today, it is still an important traditional drink for the Turkic people.

Kumis is a dairy product similar to kefir but is produced from a liquid starter culture, in contrast to the solid kefir grains. Because mare’s milk contains more sugar than typical cow’s milk. When fermented, kumis has a higher alcohol content compared to kefir.

Wine – Şarap

a wine bottle

“Şarap” is an alcoholic drink usually made from fermented grapes. Different kinds of grapes and strains of yeasts are the major factors that create wine in different styles.

It is estimated that Turkey is home to approximately 1000 indigenous varieties of Vitis vinifera (the European grapevine). Did you know that Turkey is the world’s fourth-leading producer of grapes for wine production?

 

How To Say Cheers In Turkish?

people drinking together

After getting to know the drinking culture and popular drinks in Turkey, now it’s finally time to learn how to say cheers in Turkish! Here are the most commonly used phrases to say cheers.

Şerefe!

It is the most commonly used phrase when drinking and it is basically the counterpart of “cheers” in English. It is appropriate for both formal and informal occasions.

Sağlığnıza!

It literally means “to your health” and it is also a pretty common phrase to use when toasting. Again, it is appropriate for both formal and informal occasions.

En Kötü Günümüz Böyle Olsun!

This one is a bit longer than the others but it has a beautiful meaning. It can be translated as “let it be our worst day ever” in English. People say it when they feel happy in a gathering with their friends. This phrase is also used when you want to cheer up your friend. It is better to use it only on informal occasions.

 

Useful Turkish Words And Phrases

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
watersu
wineşarap
beerbira
champagneşampanya
alcoholic drinkalkollü içecek, içki /
non-alcoholic drinkalkolsüz içecek
to celebratekutlamak
to toastkadeh kaldırmak
to drinkiçmek
drinkiçecek, içki /
drunksarhoş
hangoverakşamdan kalma
restaurantrestoran
wineshopşarap evi
pubbar
nightclubgece kulübü
a glass of…bir bardak…, bir kadeh… /
a bottle of…bir şişe…
Can I get a glass of wine?Bir kadeh şarap alabilir miyim?
Can I get a bottle of beer?Bir şişe bira alabilir miyim?
Drinks on me.İçecekler benden.
I don’t drink alcohol.Ben alkol içmiyorum.

Well, I tried my best to inform you about Turkish drinking culture as a person who doesn’t even know the taste of alcohol.😂 Anyway, if you’re curious about the Turkish language make sure to check out Ling App!

 

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