Russians are famous for having a drink for almost every occasion. As a visitor, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some of the drinks for the first time. These Russian drinks are not just popular but are part of the culture of the people, found in homes, festivals, cafes, bars, and meal times. Here are the most popular drinks in Russia you should give a try. Have you ever tasted a drink made from bread? Kvas is a Russian drink that stands out from every other drink because it’s the oldest after water and it takes part in almost every occasion. Even though it is made primarily by fermenting rye bread, you can also find other variations that contain fruits and herbs. Kvas is a mildly sweet drink that contains very little alcohol. Usually, it is served in large portions at a very low price and is preferred to water by workers who want to quench their taste. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
When you visit a regular bar in Russia, it is common to find people ending up their meal with vodka. It’s a national drink that has become known with the country, as they have some of the best vodka brands in the world. There are plenty of vodka drinking traditions in Russia you might want to participate in, which makes it even more fun. No breaks between rounds, empty bottles under the table, and not changing the pouring hands are all fun and interesting traditions you must adhere to. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Before tea was introduced to Russia, the drink they take to keep them warm is Sbiten. So, if you’re visiting Russia during the winter months, you better pay attention. Sbiten, which is made primarily from honey with the addition of water, spices, and jam has been around for more than 900 years. Unfortunately, it was replaced by tea and coffee in the 19th century, but mass production has been revived in the 21st century. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Ryazhenka is a traditional fermented milk drink with caramel flavor. Apart from being a great drink during meal time, Russians love it because of the great health benefits. Ryazhenka contains plenty of vitamins, including calcium that strengthens the bones. It also helps to boost immunity and aid digestion in a lot of ways. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Russians produce a lot of quality beer that will shock you, and they do drink plenty of it. A 2010 survey shows that an average Russian drank 12.5 liters of beer within the 12 months. Essentially, many Russians see beer as a less harmful alternative to vodka, making it the second most popular drink in the country. In 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev classified beer as alcohol. Before that, it was seen as a foodstuff because it contained less than 10% alcohol. The best place to enjoy a bottle or glass cup of beer is at the bar, café, or local restaurants along with the locals – it gets better when they’re gathered to watch their local soccer team play. Some of the most popular local beer brands in Russia are Klinskoye Svetloe, Nevskoe Imperial, Zhigulevskoye, and Ochakovo.