Vodka, beer and wine are the top three tipples Russians pour into their glasses, with the former taking the title of the country’s national drink.
According to the country’s Federal State Statistics Service, known as Rosstat, last year, on average, each Russian downed 6.6 litres of vodka and spirits, 57 litres of beer and 7.3 litres of wine – whether still or sparkling.
The ‘water of life’ (vodka) is the one drink all associate with the country, making it the perfect spirit to work into drinks during the World Cup.
A Black Russian would spring to mind for most when thinking up drinks for themed menus this summer. However, the cocktail’s origins date back to the late-1940s in a Brussels hotel and was believed to have been inspired by the beginning of the Cold War.
The Black Russian’s sister, the White Russian, is believed to have come about in the decade of free love, the 1960s, when someone added milk or cream to the Black Russian. It became famous when actor Jeff Bridges, in The Big Lebowski, chugged back eight in one sitting.
Lots of beer styles
There may be few cocktails of note to have come from the country, but Russia does have a wide range of beer styles, including pale lagers, Pilsners and witbiers. Brands include Sibirskaya Korona (witbier), Stary Melnik (American lager) and Yarpivo (Pilsner).
Like Romania, Russian wine is becoming more of a contender on the international stage. Wine producing regions in Russia include the Alma Valley, the Kacha Valley and Pavel Shvets.
- 50ml vodka
- 25ml coffee liqueur
- Cherry to garnish
Pour the liquids into a tumbler filled with ice and stir for 30 seconds before garnishing with a cherry
- 60ml vodka
- 2tbsp coffee liqueur
- 1tbsp cream
Mix all of the ingredients together in a tumbler with ice and serve
The Comrade Collins
- 60ml vodka
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 25ml lemon juice
Add the wet ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a highball glass
- 50ml Vodka
- Ginger ale to top
Pour the vodka into a highball glass filled with ice before topping with the ginger ale