To those of you from foreign lands beyond the Balkans, the Not-Coffee drink is called Boza. When I try to explain to Abi what it is, I realize that I am failing miserably to even come close to explaining both the ingredients, the method of preparation or even the taste of it. I mean, it's Boza! (For some reason, in this part of the world, we have a saying that goes "Easy as Boza", but I really find nothing easy about it, least of all trying to explain its taste). The sterile and clinical explanation of it is that it's a fermented drink made typically from one or another type of flour/fermented wheat (depending on the country -it's a regional popular drink - in some countries millet or maize enters the equation as well). Due to the fermented ingredients, it has about 1% alcohol content. But beyond this boring explanation, I find the color and the taste of Boze the most intriguing aspects of it.
Abi takes a sip of Boza. And then she takes another one. For about a few minutes the verdict is not out, and we're shaking with the anticipation of whether she'll like it or not (my guess is "No."). And finally, the decision is made: "It tastes like eating a cake, drinking a beer and having a lemon on the side." Hallelujah, I don't think anyone has ever managed to describe the Boza taste this accurately!
Of course, Abi fails to finish her glass ("It's just too weird") but we're happy to have discovered one more weird thing we can introduce our future adventurous guests to. Oh and for those of you that this weirdness is not enough for: read this - I have no idea if it's true but it's one more weird thing to add to the Boza folder.