Soft, milk and alcoholic drinks
Soft, milk and alcoholic beverages
After eating Russian people use to drink tea, coffee, kvass, jelly, juice. Flavorful, thirst-quenching in the heat or warming in the cold, therapeutic, invigorating - Russian cuisine has a huge number of delicious drinks, what makes it different from the other cuisines of the world.
Among them are also compotes, honey, waterings, broths, sbiten, serum.
Morse - summer refreshing and incredibly healthy drink, which is made mostly from berries. Traditionally this drink uses cranberries or cowberries, a blend of black currant, blueberry and raspberry, viburnum and cherry. The berries are boiled in boiling water, squeezed and obtained juice is added with a sugar to taste.
A sweet dessert jelly drink - like beverage made by cooking from fresh and dried fruits and berries, fruit juices, syrups, jams, milk with potato or corn starch or grain sourdough.
The old traditional sweet drink made from fruit or berries (rhubarb, apples, pears, prunes, raisins, plums, rose hips, etc.), or a decoction of fruits in syrup, and mixtures of dried fruits or dried fruits and berries with a sugar. Incredibly healthy and nutritious, served in most cafes and canteens.
In Russia one of the most popular drink was sbiten, or perevar, and a little later - the broth. It was drinking several times a day, served in restaurants, prepared in the villages and sold in the cities. It is based on honey and water. To add flavor and taste to the drink a variety of herbs and spices, such as ginger, sage, st. John's wort, bay leaf and peppers are added. Often it is made with hops. Hot sbiten was drinking in the winter, and cold - was quenching thirst in the bath or on a hot time of a year. Before the advent of tea sbiten remained the main hot drink of the Russians.
Mead / by Russia - Meadovukha
A low-alcoholic beverage prepared by fermentation or boiling water, honey and yeast with a variety of flavors. In its present form, the drink appeared in the XVIII century in Novgorod. Previously, Mead was a sweet drink consisting of diluted honey in water. In Russia Mead is considered as the original national drink, same like whisky in Scotland, sake in Japan or tequila in Mexico. Many people commend its softness and honey aroma.
Brew / by Russia - Kvas
One of the oldest national sour drink of Russian cuisine. This is traditional low-alcoholic Russian product, which is prepared by fermentation from barley or rye malt and flour or dry rye bread. It is added aromatic herbs, honey, fruits and berries. In the old days on holidays and weddings brew was the main intoxicating drink. Now used as a refreshing drink, as well as for preparation of cold soups (hash).
Fermented milk products (kefir, fermented baked milk, yogurt, whey)
Dairy products from cow's milk, milk goats, sheeps, mares and other animals. Prepared by fermentation, the introduction of milk lactic acid bacteria or yeast. An important component of a healthy diet and proper digestion. In Russia no day is complete without a glass of kefir or buttermilk or other type of fermented milk product. Kefir is a fermented milk drink made from fermented cow's milk, fermented with a special fungus. Priceless healing elixir, restoring the microflora of the intestine and gives cheerfulness. Ryazhenka is a fermented beverage produced from cow's boiled milk by fermentation. Actually is one of the varieties of yogurt without flavorings. Is easily absorbed and rich in vitamins and minerals. Yogurt is a valuable dietary product, which is very well absorbed by the body. It is prepared from whole milk by souring in warm place. Serum - the drink of youth and slimness. Contains a special sugar - lactose, useful carbohydrate, which is struggling with fat deposition. And also, a special protein that promotes cell renewal. In Russia, people were knowing about the healing properties of the serum, and were not only consumed it as a beverage, but also used for washing face, washing hair, and as the treatment of injure.
Milk and stewed milk
Probably after water milk is the main drink for Russia. Traditional for Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian cuisine. Milk is found in many foods and dishes. The cow's milk is most widely used, as well as goat, sheep and other animals. Baked, or stewed, milk is made from whole milk by boiling. Used as a standalone drink or for cooking sour milk and baking cookies, pies, creams.
Black tea / by Russia - Chernyi Chay
Popular today tea appeared in Russia in the XVII century, but the wide distribution of this drink was only in the nineteenth century. Russia imported all types of tea from other countries: India, Sri-Lanka, China and other. Black or red tea is traditionally the most popular type of tea in Russia. Can be unpressed, granulated and packaged. May be flavored. The taste of black tea devoid of bitterness, and the tea itself has both a toning and calming effect. In Russia served usually with no additives or with a sugar, lemon, often accompanies the dessert. Necessary specially ask about milk or cream for tea.
Green tea / by Russia - Zelenyi Chay
Both green and black tea are produced from leaves of the same tea plant, but green tea is much less fermentated (oxidated). Has a therapeutic effect, the favorite tea of many centenarians. Has a strong bitter flavor and astringent taste.
Tea with herbs / by Russia - Chay s travami
Instead of coffee to boost the vitality and vigor and instead of sleeping pills for deep sleep, in ancient Russia a herbal tea and various herbal teas were prepared. Russian forests are rich in aromatic herbs with medicinal and healing properties. Russian people are known by various kinds of herbal tea: cooling and warming, vitamins and healing, toning and soothing. To prepare a medicinal drink a lemon balm and mint, acacia and honey, berries, rose hips and chamomile, and many other fruits and herbs are used.
Beer / by Russia - Pivo
A low-alcoholic beverage produced by an alcoholic fermentation of malt wort (often based on barley) using beer yeast, usually with the addition of hops. Brewing in Russia has a long tradition. A mentions of persevere, quote strong beverage which was prepared by Rusichi from beer and honey, are found already in the ancient Chronicles. Favorite cold drink during the summer holidays and festivities. The perfect beer snack dried and salted fish would be.
Many people from the World think that Vodka is symbol of Russia or it is the main drink, which, however, appeared in Russia only in the XVI century from Europe. Now it is made in factories by specially technology of mixing ethyl alcohol with fixed water. The perfect snack to vodka is considered to be the caviar, and pickled cucumbers and solted cabbage. Now Vodka is a popular drink and good gift to foreign tourists.