Monday, July 9, 2007

Wetting Your Whistle


One of the more charming, although not necessarily sanitary, salesmen on a hot Cairo street is the Arasouz man. Arasouz is licorice or anise and they make a drink from it which is sold from an urn carried around on the salesman's hip. The origins of the block of ice are dubious and the cups are just rinsed out, so I have to admit that I've never tried it. To be honest, I hate anise anyway. But the chink, chinkety, chink of the metal cups being hit together as he walks down the street is always a welcome sound.

3 comments:

Cairogal said...

I see you were shooting on road 9 during your last trip 'into town'. :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

The public drinking cup was a standard feature of the town pumps in our little village during World War II, in Gordon, Ohio. The pumps had a water trough too so you could pump it full of water for your horse to get a drink.

I would have tried this d rink but I don't like the ingredients.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Ann said...

I doubt I'd try it either. :-)
We have what's known as "Sky Juice" here in Jamaica. It's like a snow cone. I haven't had one in a really long time.

The vendors have big syrup & water containers on a
push-cart
with a huge block of ice. The ice is just out in the open, not covered or anything and the syrup container usually has a blob of bees hanging on to the mouth of it.