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Jul 29, 2011 03:29 PM

Ayran - the perfect hot weather drink

It's hugely popular in Berlin thanks to the large Turkish population, and ridiculously refreshing and satisfying.

I made a pitcher today with full fat Danone plain yogurt, but unfortunately didn't have any mint around, which adds another freshness dimension.

I can't believe I never made it at home before -- so easy:

1 pint of yogurt
1 pint of cold water
pinch o'salt to taste
(fresh mint if you have any)

Drink. Repeat.

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    1. That sounds kind of disgusting, but if you like it- rock on.

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      1. Yeah, it doesn't *sound* all that wonderful but all those Turks can't be totally wrong.

        Do you stir/blend/whip? Do you chill it before serving? Is the mint chopped or left whole? I've got lots of plain yogurt and mint as well as an overabundance of hot weather so I may just give this a try.

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        1. re: tcamp

          I whip it first just with a whisk, then use an immersion (stick) blender which works fine.

          Yes, it's best served cold/chilled, and the mint is chopped. Throw in a twig or a few whole leaves for decoration. Yumboski.

        2. If you're Indian, it's lassi, Persian, it's dugh. It's okay if you grew up with it, I don't particularly like it.

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          1. re: ferret

            I second your comments in I've tried all variations of ayran / lassi / dugh and I can skip it. I found Turkish yogurt ends up being cultured too much and being quite acidic.

          2. Yeah I'd be looking for a mango, papaya, handful of berries to go with that lineup. Otherwise it resembles part of a marinade I use on pork tenderloin.