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(Turkish Salty Yoghurt Drink)

Ayran is a tart and frothy salted yogurt drink that’s a popular relief for hot Turkish summers. Enjoy this refreshing savory drink for an afternoon snack, light breakfast, or alongside roasted or grilled meats like kebab or kofta.

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  • ½ cup whole milk yogurt (plain & unsweetened)

  • ¾ cup cold water

  • Kosher salt

  • Dried or fresh mint, optional, for garnish


  • Combine. In a cocktail shaker, add the yogurt, water, and salt to taste (I do a healthy pinch). Use a fork or spoon to stir the ingredients together until combined.

  • Dry shake. Close the shaker and press hard on the top to seal. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds or so to aerate the mixture.

  • Add ice. Turn the shaker so you’re holding the larger side. Carefully open the top (you may need to hit the side with the palm of your hand). Add a handful of ice, seal well, and shake vigorously once more. Put some muscle into it! You want to make it as frothy as possible.

  • Serve. Hold onto the larger side of the shaker and open the top once more. Pour into your serving glass, garnish with a sprinkle of dried mint or a fresh mint sprig if you’d like, and serve immediately.

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