“Doogh” you like fizzy yogurt? (w/ poll)

Have you ever taken a big swig of a drink expecting to taste one thing, but getting another?

I have.

Here’s what happened:

I was little. I woke up in the middle of the night, crazy thirsty, and wandered blind into the kitchen to get a drink of water. Because we bottled our own spring water from Cape Cod, there was a lot of it – all stored on the side of the fridge in jugs. I felt my hand over the top of one and hoisted it up. I took several giant gulps before I realized it was most certainly not water. Nope. It was apple cider vinegar. My throat burned. I sweat. I shook. Then, I sweat some more.  I’ll always blame that moment as to why I have an immunity to vinegar. The more the better.

Even though the story turned out well for me, I don’t want you to burn, sweat, or shake.


I want you to know what you are in for with doogh.

#1 It looks like a smoothie, but this is not a sweet drink

#2 It looks creamy, but this is not a thick drink

#3 It looks flat, but this is a fizzy drink

Now that you know the basics, you can enjoy this Middle Eastern drink without flinching. When you take your first sip, you won’t be alarmed. You’ll know not to expect a sweet smoothie. Instead, you’ll buckle down for a minty, bubbly, sour, often peppery drink instead. And you just might smile.

To make Doogh, simply mix together:

1 cup Greek-style yogurt
2 cups (16 oz) chilled sparkling water or club soda
1 tsp dried mint
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (optional)

That’s it! This popular Middle Eastern drink is super easy to make and will keep you cool and refreshed on a hot summer’s day.

Would you drink it?

Recipe adapted from The Silk Road Gourmet by Laura Kelley. You can find more recipes and fascinating history on her blog Silk Road Gourmet.


    • selin says

      That one what u have done called Cacık … we are putting in it salad also…
      And to the tasteofbeirut; Ayran is a typical turkish drink since tons of years :)) yeah its so refreshing especially on the hot summer days !

  1. elisa waller says

    cool!… how you pronounce it….? do you hear the g? hmmm…is it long O? funny about your APV story…that feeling you get when you think your drinking something other than what you are actually drinking is almost indescribable….you did great in your story…made me laugh…<3

  2. Jessica Bennett says

    I sort of have a story like that. When I was about 3, I was sick and staying at my grandparents. My grandmother went to give me my medicine (some awful tasting stuff that was in the fridge), but instead she gave me Pepto Bismol (which was also in the fridge). I was expecting the nasty medicine, but what I got tasted good (to my 3 year old palate). I recently had the need for some stomach medicine, and we happened to have a bottle of it from the last time one of the kids was sick. So, I had some of that, and I still found the taste rather pleasant (not yummy, like when I was 3, but certainly not bad like most adults seem to find it and therefore take some kind of pill instead).

  3. I should drink some vinegar by mistake then, maybe I’ll start liking it more.
    I drink a lot of ayran, the (thought it was Turkish, but Joumana probably knows better) version of it. It is not fizzy, but quite salty and very refreshing. I will definitely try this fizzy version as soon as there is a vaguely hot day here.

    I think there is a similar drink in the Balcans made with caraway seeds in place of mint. I don’t remember how it is called but I’ve seen friends making it. Unfortunately I was too young and the thought of drinking something salty was putting me off then.

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