Ukraine is known for its exquisite landscape and dazzling architecture, but not so much for its delicious cuisine and alcohol, until now.
This list will give you a glimpse into the world of Ukrainian cocktails, which feature some very interesting and unusual ingredients, like horseradish and milk.
If you love exploring different countries’ cocktails, you’re in for an interesting journey with Ukraine. Check out five of the most fascinating Ukrainian cocktails below!
The Kyiv Mule Cocktail is a delicious drink with Ukrainian vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Sounds like a standard Moscow mule, right? What makes it different is the addition of uzvar, a national Ukrainian beverage made with fruits and berries. This rich fruit juice brings a surprising tartness and vibrant flavor to the mule cocktail.
This beverage is a super colorful shot that is perfect for your next party! It’s half pineapple juice and half blue curacao, which is an orange-flavored liqueur colored bright blue. When you pour these shots, the blue liqueur sits on top of the yellow pineapple juice, so the drink looks like the Ukrainian flag from the side!
The Zelenskyy cocktail also looks like a Ukrainian flag from the side, with blue liquid settled on top of the yellow part of the drink. It features passionfruit puree, peach schnapps, fruit juices, blue curacao, and your choice of vodka, creating a sweet but sharp flavor. It blends sweet and sour flavors for a mouthwatering taste.
Unlike the White Russian cocktail, the White Ukrainian is a complex drink with many ingredients. It includes coffee liqueur, vodka, coconut rum, Irish cream, amaretto, hazelnut liqueur, and milk. As you can see, you need a well-stocked bar to make this drink, but it’s worth it for the creamy dessert cocktail.
Ukrainian Khrenovykha - Horseradish Infused Vodka
Ukrainian Khrenovykha can be enjoyed as a shot or sipped on as a drink. It’s a horseradish-infused vodka that has a spicy, biting flavor that you won’t soon forget. It’s mixed with honey and lemon juice to mellow the sharp flavor, creating a unique and complex flavor profile. This drink is one of the odder Ukranian cocktails, but perfect for adventurous drinkers. We'd recommend it in a bloody mary, for sure!
These Ukrainian cocktails range from simple and yummy to complex and strange. Not everyone will enjoy these funky beverages, but you may be surprised how delicious some of these concoctions are!
If you love to experiment, try making the Ukrainian Flag or the Ukrainian Khrenovykha and share it with your friends.
Do you know any other Ukrainian cocktails? Leave us a comment with your favorite one!
5 Ukrainian Cocktail Recipes
- Pick your favorite recipe
- Gather all the needed ingredients
- Prep a tasty cocktail in less than 5 minutes
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