Traditional drinks in Russia

Russians have a drink for every occasion: to relax or wake up, to warm up or refresh, to drink alone or with friends.
Here are some that you have to try when you are in Russia. 


If it seems like a strange idea to make soda from bread, you should try Russian kvas. It’s the oldest drink in the country, aside from water of course, and is incredibly refreshing during the summer. Kvas is made from rye bread and water. You can also add herbs and fruit. It can even be a little alcoholic.


Ask any Russian what drink you should have with lunch and they’ll say kompot. This sweet drink is from fruit and can be served hot or cold.


Mors is a cold beverage made from lightly tart berries. Its consistency is much like kompot, although a little thicker, as the boiled berries are mashed, whereas in kompot they are left whole. Most often, mors is made of cranberries, lingonberries, blueberries, or a mix.


It is almost always forgotten, but this doesn’t make it any less of a tasty Slavic drink. Vzvar is a but like kompot made from fruit or berries, with the addition of herbs and sometimes wine. It can be pretty thick and sometimes looks and tastes more like a pudding than a beverage.


The first question which will pop into your head when you first see kissel is whether or not you should drink it or eat it. It’s a very thick and nutritious juice which is cooked with starch. During the Soviet years, it was common to have dried, jelly briquettes, which you would just cook in boiling water, and kids loved to just chew on them.

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