Lebanese Yogurt Drink: Ayran

This is refreshing Lebanese drink that’s great for summer and great for the intestine. My cousin drinks a big cup every night to help with an ulcer. It’s served at restaurants in Lebanon or in homes when people visit. Adjust the thickness to your own preference.

Serves 6

3 cups plain yogurt
1 cup small-diced cucumber (1/2 inch)
1 tbsp finely chopped mint
2-3 cups water
1-2 tsp salt


Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher and chill. Add more or less water according to your tastes. Serve with a meal or as a refreshing drink out on the patio.

Note: Pretty much everything but the water and yogurt is optional in this recipe. The cucumber and mint really cool it down though.

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

6 Discussion to this post

  1. Rachel says:

    Oh yum! Although it is currently snowing – :'( – I am excited to try this once summer actually rolls around.

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  2. Norah Colvin says:

    This sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Raphaela says:

    Thank you for the recipe! I am going to try it!

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  4. rusty says:

    I was delighted to see this post… but after having just returned from a month in Turkey where this drink is served often, I have to confess that I found Ayran too… salty. Virtually everyone around me though, loved the drink.

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    • Shawna Ainslie says:

      I’m so happy you made it here! There is another drink that is not Lebanese or Turkish, but Eritrean. You can blend yogurt, avocado and brown sugar. Settles the stomach and is surprisingly pleasant.

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