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.

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