Made out of yogurt and water, ayran is the simplest drink you can prepare yourself besides, well, pouring yourself a glass water. Put some salt in it and you have in your hand a combination of the best cure for a hangover, a hot summer weather relief drink, a thirst quencher, and a nutritious smoothie. You can't prepare it with regular yogurt though - you have to use genuine Bulgarian yogurt, otherwise you risk ruining you taste buds for the day. Drink it with a large piece of banitsa.
4 cups yoghurt
2 cups water
Pinch of salt
Mix, cool, drink, ahhhhh - refreshing.
Ayran or airan is a yogurt drink, very popular in Bulgaria and many other countries in the Balkan region and further east. In general, it is a mixture of yogurt, water and salt. It have originated as a way of preserving yogurt by adding salt. If you want to add some twist to it, you can try it with some finely chopped mint leaves mixed into the ayran.