Hebrew Vocabulary: Drinks & Drinkables

It is always nice to drink something. A nice glass of water on a hot day, a cup of tea with the family on a rainy day, and even a tasty cocktail with your friends during a vacation in Tel Aviv. Drinks are all around us, and in this short article with Hebrew vocabulary, we want to teach you how to ask for that drinkable you want, in Hebrew.

If you are planning to spend a few days in Tel Aviv, or if you want to try out the best sabich in Israel, you should have a cup of something next to you. You know what they say! Israel gets really hot in the summer and people have to drink.

So, how do you ask for water? Or, how can you ask for a nice Israeli juice? Or maybe, how do you say “beer” in Hebrew in order to enjoy a cold one while watching the sunset in one of the best surfing coasts of Israel? Be ready to get thirsty, because in this article we are going to give you all the Hebrew words you need!

How do you say water in Hebrew? How do you ask for a cocktail in Hebrew?

In case you are spending more than 48 hours in Tel Aviv, most likely you’ll stop to drink something at some point of your trip. The first thing you need to take into consideration is that in Israel, especially during the summer, people have to drink at least 2 liters of water per day in order to not get dehydrated. Yes, that’s what it’s like to live in the middle of the desert!

But since you are not going to spend the entire day on the beach, and there’s a big chance you will end up having a date in Israel, there are drinks other than water you’ll need to know how to say in Hebrew.

Want to learn some new Hebrew words? Here we go!

Water: Water in Hebrew is מים (it is pronounced mah-yeem), and you cannot forget to have lots of it when in Israel! You can find bottles of it in a wide variety of sizes, and even flavors. There are apple-flavored, strawberry-flavored, and even watermelon-flavored water available for you! Also, you can find it as soda, and if you want that, you should ask for either סודה (pronounced soda), or for מים מוגז (pronounced mah-yeem muh-gas). Again: If you are in Israel, drink a lot of מים!

Beer: Nothing is better than a cold beer while watching the sunset in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Yaffo, or Herzliya. Beer in Hebrew is בירה, and its pronunciation is very similar to the English word. It is pronounced beer-ah. If you happen to be in Israel anytime soon, you should ask for a Maccabi Beer, and taste the great local flavor.

Cocktail: Here’s an easy one. Cocktail in Hebrew is קוקטייל, and it is pronounced in the exact same way you as pronounce it in English. Now that you know how to say cocktail in Hebrew, allow us to mention a few of the best cocktail bars in Tel Aviv: Concierge, Room Service, and Bell Boy, are 3 of the places you cannot miss if you describe yourself as a cocktail lover.

Juice: Wow! Natural juices in Israel are just amazing! You have to try the pomegranate one, or the traditional mix between orange and carrot. Juice in Hebrew is מיץ (pronounced meetz), and there are hundreds of Juice Bars throughout the Land of Milk and Honey. Don’t leave Israel without trying out one of these juices… you won’t regret it!

Soda: Let’s go to the popular ones…. How do you ask for a Coca-Cola (or a Pepsi), or for a Sprite, or for a tasty 7Up? Well, these drinks – and also the juices – are part of the category of “soft drinks”, and their name in Hebrew is שתייה קלה (pronounced shtee-ah kah-lah). If you want to know which non-alcoholic options they have at the place you are sitting at, just ask for which שתייה קלה they have to offer.

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Coffee and Tea: Another easy one! Coffee in Hebrew is קפה (pronounced “kah-feh”, like in Spanish), and Tea is תה, and it is also pronounced the same as in Spanish: Teh. If you are in Israel, we truly recommend you try out the local tea options, and to always have a קפה טורקי (Turkish coffee) after lunch. Let these drinks be part of your Israeli experience!

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About the author

Arie Elbelman R.Arie was born and raised in Chile, and immigrated to Israel in his early twenties. He wants to take an active role in the development of this young and smart country. Arie believes that the best way to shape our present and future is to live with more horizontal hierarchies, to smile a whole lot, and to always, always respect each other.

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