How to Make Ayran

How to Make #Ayran

Ayran is the name of a super refreshing Turkish yogurt drink. It is served cold and there is no restaurant here where you can’t find ayran. It used to be the most loved drink to go with any food before coke came into our country. No need to mention how harmful coke is to our body, but people LOVE it and can’t stop drinking it as it’s addictive! International fast food restaurants know how to adapt to the culture of the country where they are serving, so the ones in Turkey have ayran in their drinks menu besides coke and other fizzy drinks. It’s always my first and only choice when ordering kebab, Turkish pide, lahmacun or gozleme. They go very well with this cold and and healthy drink!

How to Make #Ayran

Ayran is mainly the mixture of yogurt, cold water and salt, but there are some variations. The most popular one is produced in Susurluk, a small town in the West of Turkey. What makes its ayran special is that it’s so frothy. You can imagine how it’s fun to drink it! The first part you have is its froth on the top and then you reach ayran. You don’t have to be eating something to drink this super drink, you can have it when you feel it’s boiling in Summer. And in some cities where summer is intolerably hot, you can see vendors selling ayran on the street.

In some places, a few sprigs of fresh mint is added to give it more freshness and it becomes like a different drink with this combination! I prefer my ayran plain if I’m having it with some food, but I love to add fresh mint into it if I’m drinking it just for pleasure.

How to Make #Ayran

Another variation I love is ayran with natural mineral water. We are lucky here in Turkey as mineral water comes from underground and completely natural. When you add a little of it into your ayran, you have an amazing taste! It’s like fizzy drinks, but the healthy version and your ayran produces extra froth when mineral water added! Ayran relaxes your stomach this way!

You can also find ayran in bottles at markets in the same section with milk and yogurt. I find them more salty than necessary, so I prefer making it at home. Also, I already make my own yogurt at home, so I don’t buy it from markets.

How to Make #Ayran

Tourists visiting Turkey might have interesting reactions when they first drink ayran. Although they know the taste of yogurt, some might have difficulty to get used to it. And when they start loving it, they always order it in restaurants. You can read a funny story of my friend’s Julia’s dad when he first bought ayran in her post: Ayran-Yogurt Not Milk. Julia and Barry are a very nice couple living in Fethiye and they share their experiences here related to Turkish culture, food and destinations on their lovely blog, Turkey’s for Life. Go check it out!

How to Make #Ayran

We couldn’t wait any longer and drank the froth on their top! YUM!

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How to Make Ayran
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A super refreshing healthy yogurt drink!
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • Salt to taste
  • A handful of ice cubes
  1. Put all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Serve cold with ice cubes.


  1. says

    here too it is called ayran and most people buy it in the markets or order it at restaurants; haven’t met anyone yet who actually makes it at home; usually here people sprinkle dry mint powder on it. Love your version with the froth, yum! the best thing with kebab, I agree!

    • says

      So it has the same name there, great! I heard that people in Cyprus sprinkle dried mint on it too. Love to share such cultural things with you Joumana!

  2. says

    Thanks a lot for the mention, Zerrin, and the kind words to go with it. Think we need to have a go at making our own ayran. We love the really frothy versions. Yummy! :)

    • says

      My pleasure Julia! Your dad made me laugh a lot! I had no idea that people from other countries think ayran is a kind of milk:) You should try it with Kızılay mineral water too!

  3. says

    Hi Zerrin! This is a new drink to me so thank you for the introduction. I love yogurt based drinks like lassi or smoothies. Lovely photos and the froth is great:)

    • says

      Hi Nancy! I had had no idea about lassi until some FB friends told that ayran is very similar to lassi. So I’m sure you will love our ayran if you love lassi!

    • says

      Thank you Bam! We love to have the foam fisrt! The more foam, the funnier! I love these copper cups, which are traditional used to serve water or ayran in some cities. I bought them from Diyarbakir, a city in the east of Turkey.

  4. says

    I had this for the very first time a few months ago and must admit that the first taste was unexpected – very salty and tangy at the same time. But after a few more sips, I enjoyed it very much. It was incredibly refreshing on such a hot day! Now that it’s summer here, I’ll give this a try at home. 😎

    • says

      Hi Tracey! I can guess how it was weird when you first taste it as such cold and refreshing drinks are generally sweet. It’s great that you loved it then! Do you know why it’s made salty? You know our body loses salt when we sweat on hot summer days, so ayran helps our body providing the salt it needs.Take care!

  5. Lorna Moravec says

    This is magical. Something so delicious and yet so very simple. I have been eating yogurt for years and I don’t like it without honey or fruit in it, but I like ayran even better than sweet yogurt. Thank you very much. If you had not posted this on here I would still not know about it.

    • says

      Hi Lorna! I hardly ever have sweet yogurt. I used to love to add a little sugar in it as a kid, and I sometimes add fruit in it now. But my favorite use of yogurt is always savory. Ayran is one of them and the other is cacik, another refreshing recipe with it. A mixture of yogurt, water, salt, cucumber and dried mint. We have it as a side dish, but I can even crave for it at nights! If you love ayran, I’m sure you will love cacik too!

  6. says

    I’ve heard you mention this drink so often Zerrin! I’m glad to finally know what it is about and how to make it. You make it sound very refreshing and delicious! Would love to try it.

    • says

      We love to accompany our foods with ayran in Turkey! Better than coke! I’m sure you will love it when you try!

  7. says

    So refreshing and healthy. This is very similar to the lassi we make to serve with Indian food. I love the cups you have used to serve Aryan.

  8. Annette newton says

    Back in England should we buy natural yogurt or Greek yogurt not to sure,but we drink a lot of it when we are in Turkey. Thank if ou could let me know.

    • says

      Hi Anette, it doesn’t matter; you can use both of them to make ayran. If you use Greek yogurt, you need to use more water though.

  9. Jo-An VanSweden says

    thank-you for the refresher on how to make Ayran we lived in Turkey many years ago and never forgot the great taste of Ayran. Wonderful!!!!


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