Ayran – a Refreshing Turkish Yogurt Drink

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Ayran a Turkish yogurt drink

When I visited Turkey, I was intrigued by the big pots of frothy, foamy yogurt that I saw everywhere. When I first tasted this refreshing, salty drink, I fell in love right away. And I think that’s because it reminded me of the Indian chaas – a cold, spiced buttermilk drink that I grew up with. Think of this as a mint and yogurt smoothie. Only, it is salty instead of sweet!

Yogurt and mint for ayran
mint for ayran

Ayran is the perfect answer to a hot summer day. It’s a cold, refreshing drink with a foamy head. The vendors I saw in Turkey sold ayran with a thick foamy, frothy head. They achieved this froth by using a machine. In my recipe, I use a few ice cubes; this helps to create the foam.

The mint in this recipe is totally optional. But I always use the mint because I love a cold, minty Ayran.

Ayran with mint, a Turkish yogurt drink

Ayran – Turkish Yogurt Drink
Makes about 2 cups


  • 1 cup yogurt, preferably full-fat
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • 4 mint leaves, optional
  • Salt

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until everything is well combined and frothy. Serve immediately.

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