Soumada: The Cretan drink of joy

The soumada of Crete, this white and aromatic drink is an almond milk syrup that is diluted with water and is slightly flavored with flower water or rose water.

The most common version of the origin of the word “soumada” is, that it comes from the word “simadi(sign), as it was used to be given as a sign from the groom to the bride when their marriage was arranged.

In many areas of the island they enhance the aroma of soumada with fruits from apricot pits or other fruits. Soumada in Crete is served to guests mainly at engagements or weddings and although several soumadas from various handicrafts are commercially available, it can be easily prepared at home from almond milk or almond syrup.