Russia Drinks

Russia Drinks

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Are you still convinced that Russian vodka is the only drink that is worth your attention? Believe us, it's not! The Russian beverage selection has much more to offer than you think.

Traditional Russian Drinks

Once in Russia, add trying different kinds of local drinks to your "must-dos" list to enjoy your trip to the biggest country in the world to the fullest! Pick your favorite and bring some back for your friends and family.


If you've never heard of soda made from bread, you should definitely try Russian kvas. Since ancient times this sparkling drink plays a significant role in the daily life of the Russians.

Russian drink - Kvas

We especially recommend treating yourself with kvas during the summer, as it's the top choice among all refreshing traditional Russian drinks.


Kompot is a drink made of slow-boiled fruits and berries that is really typical for this region. This sweet beverage can be served cold and hot and perfectly accompanies any meal.

Russian drink - Kompot


A real must for hot summers is mors, the refreshing beverage is usually made from sour and slightly tart berries. Comparing to kompot, it's a bit thicker because all ingredients are mashed together.

Russian drink - Mors

The story of this Russian beverage goes back to medieval Russia, the word "mors" originally meant 'water with honey'.


We continue our berry-based drinks journey with kissel. At first, you may be confused about whether you should eat or drink eat it because of its thick structure.

Russian drink - Kissel

Don't hesitate, just try it! During Soviet times, it was an absolute fave among local kids!

Kissel ingredients:

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp starch


Russia is especially famous for its dairy beverages. Upon your arrival you should definitely try kefir, this sour beverage has all chances to become your favorite!

Russian drink - Kefir

In Russia, this drink is often the main ingredient of different dishes such as various types of pies, cakes, and even soups.

Studies suggest that kefir boosts your immune system, aids in digestive problems, improves bone health and may even combat cancer.


Another honey drink worth trying is Medovukha. The story of this alcoholic beverage served in shots is one of the longest ones and now it is usually associated with Russian traditional celebration of "Medoviy Spas" (Savior of Honey).

Russian drink - Medovukha

This perfect mix of sweetness and bitterness for sure gives you a chance to feel the atmosphere of this great festival!


Ryazhenka is another type of Russian dairy drink with a very unique caramel taste. The name of this traditional beverage may seem very complicated, but don't be afraid, just give this creamy and slightly sweet drink a try!

Russian drink - Ryazhenka

Heat the milk for 8 hours and keep it in a closed container for 1 day. The gentle, steady heat causes the Mayard reaction and the milk is fermented.


While in Russia, you should treat yourself with sbiten, the so-called Russian mulled wine. It's is a honey-based hot drink with spices like cinnamon, mint, ginger, and daisy.

Russian drink - Sbiten

Certainly, sbiten is one of the best options to keep yourself warm in the wintertime!


And last but not the least, the drink that is impossible not to mention while talking about Russia. Vodka is an integral part of Russian culture and a lot of local traditions are connected with this 40 percent proof beverage.

The perfect opportunity for an unforgettable Russian experience is visiting traditional ryumochnaya (a type of bar) or the Russian Vodka Museum in Saint Petersburg. In this unusual museum after the tour, you get to taste three different shots and perfectly paired snacks.

As you can see, Russia boasts numerous kinds of traditional beverages, though we mentioned only a few above. Don’t miss the chance to treat yourself to these unique local drinks while traveling in Russia!

Vodka weighs less than water, one liter of Vodka weighs 50 grams less than 1 liter of water.