Wash it all down with one of the local beers or wines. Cyprus has a long tradition in winemaking that goes back over 4,000 years. In ancient times wine was a major source of wealth for the island. The island supplied the Pharaohs of Egypt and Cyprus wines were in great demand amongst the ancient Greeks and Romans. One very old sweet wine, Commandaria, is acknowledged to be one of the oldest named wines in the world, which according to legend, was originally made for Richard the Lionheart and the Crusaders. Zivania, Cyprus famous firewater, made from highly-distilled grape juice, is almost pure alcohol and packs a neat punch.
For a healthy drink try a freshly squeezed fruit juice from the plethora of fresh fruit available on the island. ‘Airani’ made with live yogurt is incredibly refreshing, perfect for hot summer days, while ‘soumada’ is a warm comforting almond drink served with hot water.
At any opportunity order a Cyprus coffee, especially when whiling away the time playing a game of backgammon. This strong coffee is ordered 'sketo' (no sugar), 'metrio' (medium) or 'glyko' (sweet) and always served with a glass of cold water.