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Bulgaria`s Health Drinks


Ayran is a very popular drink in Bulgaria, mainly drank in the summer when temperatures are high and a cold, refreshing drink is needed. Unlike many cold beverages that are usually full of additives and sugar, like Coca Cola and Lemonade, Ayran is an incredibly healthy drink made from yoghurt, salt and water only.

Because of the natural Bulgarian yoghurt that is used, which is full of B-2 and B-12 vitamins, Ayran is extremely beneficial for your immune and digestive system. This may explain why you often see Bulgarian's drinking Ayran as an accompaniment to meals. It also helps prevent stomach infections, constipation and bowel inflammation; what more could you want from a drink?

Bottles and cartons of Ayran can be bought from most Bulgarian food shops and is also usually on the menus in cafes and restaurants. Although shop bought Ayran is tasty and cheap, it's not as delicious as the homemade version which is fresher and creamier. And there is certainly nothing complicated about making it - the recipe is simple. The only ingredients required are yoghurt, water and salt. Here is the recipe to serve four:


2 Cup plain yoghurt
2 cup water
1 tsp salt


Whisk the yoghurt in a bowl until smooth. Add the salt and water, and carry on whisking until the mixture is combined and smooth. Serve cold in glasses and enjoy!


Another popular drink in Bulgaria is a fermented malt drink made from wheat, known as Boza. Again, it is a highly nourishing drink that contains vitamins A, B and E. This beverage is available to buy from most supermarkets in Bulgaria and often from food stalls that sell banitsa. Interested in making it? See our recipe:


2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
5 liters water
1 cup boza (Boza is made with boza)


Bake the flour until pink; be careful not to burn it. Add a small amount of cold water to it and add the mixture to the remaining water and add the sugar. Stir until it boils. After coming to the boil, stir for a few minutes and then remove from heat. Allow it to cool before adding the boza and leave it in a warm place for the next three days. After that, store in the fridge and serve cold.