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Şıra or sira is a Turkish non-alcoholic drink made from slightly fermented grape juice.[1] It tastes sweet due to the high fructose it contains. Its colour is terracotta. It's mostly served with İskender kebap. A flavored version of şıra is served in the Marmara Region with the name of hardaliye. Hardaliye is basically a şıra but it's aromatized in mustard seeds and cherry leaves for 15 days. Hardaliye is usually served in special occasions as an appetizer.


  1. ^ Rosie Ayliffe (2003). Turkey. Rough Guides. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-84353-071-8.