Shanina Drink Recipe | Ultimately refreshing


Have you ever experienced a moment when you sipped a drink that made you close your eyes and take a deep breath because it just gave you an ultimate sense of cooling and refreshing effect to your mind and soul?

Well, Today I’m sharing with you a complete classic, Iraqi style, Shanina drink recipe, which will make you feel the same and keep you cool all summer long.

A single sip of this drink is enough to rejuvenate and breathe a new life in you.

The best thing is, it gets ready in a flash. Four simple ingredients come together and make the absolute magic happen.

It is so delicious so refreshing, you can not go wrong with this. A glass full of shanina drink is all your body and soul needs this summer.

I tasted this drink for the first time in middle east, and loved it instantly.

This drink will always be on the menu in any Iraqi/Persian household. They go well with any food, especially spicy.

What is Shanina Drink?

It is a savory drink made with yogurt, salt, and water which is very popular in the middle east. Many like to serve the drink topped with chopped mint leaves, which is totally optional. This drink has a very thin consistency and is served chilled.

How to make Shanina Drink?

Gather the ingredients

In a jar/bowl, add yogurt, salt, and vinegar. Whisk well, until smooth.

Now, add water and mix well. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Alternatively, dump all ingredients in mixer blender and run for 30 seconds

That’s it. That’s pretty much it!!!

shanina drink recipe
Shahina drink recipe

It is shanina drink same as Ayran?

Yes, it is the same as ayran drink. This drink is known by different names in different countries.

  • In Iraq, it is called shanina
  • In Dubai, Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain, turkey it is known as Ayran.
  • Whereas, in Iran, this drink is called Doogh

So, call it shanina, ayran or Doogh. The recipe remains same, healthy and refreshing.

Is Shanina drink healthy?

Shanina drink is made with yogurt. Needless to say, it has got numerous health benefits.

Yogurts have been around for thousands of years and it is a rich source of calcium, protein, and vitamins (D, B2, B12, and B5).

Only about half a cup of yogurt provides 25-30 % of your daily calcium needs and delivers about 7-9 grams of protein.

The healthy bacteria called probiotics present in yogurt are known for boosting immunity and fix several digestive disorders.

During summer, it work wonders against dehydration as well.

Besides, yogurt contains lactic acid, zinc, and vitamins that are very beneficial for the hair and skin.

Essential Drink for the fasting month of Ramadan

This is the preferred drink in many middle eastern countries for suhoor and iftar. No dining table in the Arab world is ever complete without this drink. It is known to reduce the feeling of thirst and make the body cool. It also serves as an instant energy booster.

So, this Ramadan, don’t miss out on shanina drink.

Why add vinegar?

I have tasted shanina drink for the first time in Qatar. When I tried to make it at home, it didn’t taste the same as store-bought. Then I tried adding a little bit of white vinegar and to my surprise, with the touch of vinegar, it tasted the same as store-bought. Since then, whenever I make this drink, I always use a dash of vinegar and it tastes wonderful.

This recipe makes 2 glasses of drink, each of 244g Calories.
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Shanina Drink Recipe | Ultimately refreshing

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 3 min Rest Time 10 min Total Time 13 mins Servings: 2 Best Season: Summer



  1. In a jar/bowl, add yogurt, salt, and vinegar. Whisk well, until smooth.
  2. Now, add water and mix well. Refrigerate and serve chilled.
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