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Traditional Drink Cools and Restores Nutrients

By Stanley A. Fishman, author of Tender Grassfed Meat

Cool, refreshing, nutritious traditional drink Ayran with electrolytes.

Cool, refreshing, nutritious traditional drink Ayran.

The United States is suffering from a widespread heat wave. The heat causes people to lose electrolytes, water, and minerals through sweating. Traditional peoples also suffered from hot weather. But they developed their own ways of cooling down. One of the oldest and easiest is a drink called Ayran, which also has other names.

Ayran was probably developed in Turkey, but it is widely used in the Middle East and the Balkans. While there are only two to four ingredients, the details and proportions differ, and there are many different versions.

Ayran includes old-fashioned, full-fat unflavored yogurt, and water. Salt is often added, sometimes mint leaves. The yogurt is full of nutrients that replenish a sweating body. The fat in the yogurt also provides energy. The salt not only replenishes lost salts, but minerals. The drink is very cooling and refreshing, and really helps deal with the heat. Ayran has no sweeteners and no chemicals, being a very pure drink.

It is best to use organic or the equivalent full-fat plain yogurt, which is what was used traditionally. Unrefined sea salt is ideal for this recipe, as it contains many minerals.

It is quite common for the traditional drink Ayran to separate in the refrigerator, then stir briskly with a long fork to solve this problem.

It is quite common for the drink to separate in the refrigerator. If this happens, a brisk stirring with a long fork will solve the problem.

Here is the version I like best:

Makes one quart. (You can double the recipe if you wish.)


1 pound full-fat unflavored yogurt, preferably organic or the equivalent

2 cups cold filtered water

½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or mixer. Blend for 1 minute.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. If the mixture has separated, stir briskly until it recombines, which should happen very quickly.

Serve and enjoy this cooling drink.

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