Lithuanian is one of the Baltic states of Europe with plenty of castles, old towns, and medieval wonders. They also like to drink a lot, with beer being their favorite type of drink. You can also find local drinks like Kvass, Midus, and so on. Here are the most popular drinks in Lithuania you must have a taste before you leave. Lithuania is a beer-loving country. Currently, there are at least 84 breweries in the country churning out thousands of beer bottle every day to feed the drinking lost and desire of locals and visitors. The major beer scenes in the country are in the northern part which is centered around towns like Pasvalys, Pakruojis, Kupiškis, and Biržai. Some of the most popular beer brands you should try out are Ekstra, Švyturys Baltijos, Švyturys Amber, Varniukų, Volfas Engelman, etc. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
It’s a Lithuanian Mead made from honey, grain, and water. Baltic people have been making meads for centuries, using honey as a main ingredient and then adding lemon, cinnamon, and thyme to enhance the flavor. You can get to taste this lovely drink in local bars, or just walk up to a supermarket, buy it, take it to your hotel room, and enjoy. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
From rye bread comes this fermented Slavic beverage that is very common in Lithuania and other European countries. Kvass is usually fermented in a jar with added berries and fruit to add flavor and taste. During cold summer times, Lithuanians do drink Kvass by including it in their meals. While you can find it in some local pubs, it is also bottled for consumption by companies who distribute it all over the country. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Another high-quality drink you’ll find in Lithuania is the Starka. It’s a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from natural rye spirit with added apple tree leaves. The method of making the drink is similar to whiskey and most times; it is left to age in old oak barrels that last between 3 years and 50 years, depending on the manufacturer. Starka has been in existence in Lithuania since the 15th century where it was used in different festivals, events, and ceremonies, including during the birth of a child. It contains about 40% alcohol and can be found in almost everywhere they sell drinks in Lithuania. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
For those who don’t take alcohol, this is the most popular soft drink in Lithuania. Gira has been very popular for centuries, having been made from rye bread. However, Gira is now commonly made from various fruits like berries, grains, malts, etc. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Krupnikas is a sweet alcoholic drink that is similar to liqueur and made from clover honey with added fruits for flavor. While the regular ones contain about 50% alcohol, the traditional or local version contain 80-100% grain alcohol. Legends have it that the recipe for the drink was created by monks. During the Second World War, Polish soldiers used the drink for disinfection. Sometimes, to increase the flavor and taste, spicy seasoning is added to the drink.