When people think about Russia and alcohol, they often think of vodka, usually shots of vodka.
But a few yummy Russian cocktails may interest you if you’re a curious drinker. These cocktails stand out from other alcoholic drinks as they incorporate unusual ingredients.
This list describes six of the best Russian cocktails that are worth trying.
Keep reading to learn about some of the odd and innovative cocktails that hail from Mother Russia.
White Russians are probably the most well-known Russian cocktails, and every bartender knows how to make this simple but eccentric drink. You need vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream to make this milky white drink. It has a sweet and warm flavor, making it the perfect dessert drink.
Red Russian Cocktail
The Red Russian cocktail is half vodka and half cherry liqueur, so it’s a potent drink. It has a sharp, biting flavor with the sweet syrupy taste of cherry. It’s like the ultimate adult Shirley Temple. It’s best over ice but can also be shaken and strained.
A Black Russian is a White Russian minus the cream, so it’s heavy and strong. All you need is a coffee liqueur, like Kahlua, and your favorite brand of plain vodka! This drink is no joke, so if you don’t want something super strong, try a different Russian cocktail with less alcohol and more mixers.
From Russia With love
From Russia With Love is one of the lightest Russian cocktails, featuring elderflower liqueur, ginger beer, and vodka! It’s a bubbly and refreshing beverage with a delicate floral flavor with tart notes of lime. It’s an easy cocktail to make and a pleasant departure from the heaviness of most Russian cocktails.
This cocktail is an ancient drink that has been around for centuries. It consists of honey, water, lemon, hops, and a combination of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It has a warm and festive aroma, so it’s a brilliant Russian cocktail for a winter holiday party. The most prominent flavor in the Medovukha is honey, so it’s often compared to meade (honey wine).
Sbiten is a hot Russian cocktail featuring spices, blackberry jam, wine, mint, and dried chile peppers! This funky combination of ingredients creates a captivating cocktail that showcases the depth of flavor in winter spices. With blackberry jam and honey, it has a decadent taste and can easily be made non-alcoholic by swapping out the wine for water.
Russia is a cold country, so they need cocktails to warm their bones and lift their spirits as the winds rage.
With their love of vodka, they created some unique and strange drinks that are surprisingly delicious!
Do you know any other Russian cocktails? Leave us a comment with your favorite, and we’ll check it out!
6 Russian Cocktails Recipe Ideas
- Pick your favorite recipe
- Gather all the needed ingredients
- Prep a tasty cocktail in less than 5 minutes
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