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RUSSIA : List of drinks

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RUSSIA,POLAND Fermented and slightly sparkling drink. There is two sorts of kefir : milky and fruity. Due to the fermentation this drink might be slightly alcoholized (1%). Milk or fruit kefir is an ancient form of fridgeless preservation of perishable food that was used by nomads until high antiquity.
Alive food formed of micro-organisms, kefir is considered as a probiotic and is appreciated for its digestive qualities : cleanse intestines naturally, support transit, reduce flatulence, etc. Russians have an abundant medical and scientific litterature about kefir and consider than its regular consumption improve general health status. They even call it the centenaries food. Kefir powder is available in ... Read next

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RUSSIA,CHINA Acidulated mongolian drink obtained by a symbiotic yeast and bacteria culture in a sweet medium : tea + white sugar or honey and grape juice. Kombucha or manchurian mushroom is an association of bacteria and yeast. It's traditionaly prepared in Russia or China with sweetened green or black tea.
Fermentation would give a sparkling drink containing organic acids, enzymes, B group vitamins, cafeine, etc. This drink is traditionaly known in several countries as a popular remedy for digestion problems. Some commercialized products are pasteurized or comprise preservatives, destroying thus the benefical bacteria and losing the hypothetic therapeutic effect. Kombucha is available in bio groceries... Read next
Kvas

( Gira )

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RUSSIA,UKRAINE National bread-based drink (wheat, rye, barley) fermented sparkling and fruits (strawberry, apple, lemon, berries) or mint flavoured. Kvass is considered as a non-alcoholic drink in russian and ukrainian standards (2,2% alcohol max). Available in the majority of slave countries, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Armenia and even in China ! This traditional beverage of russian countryside was formerly drunk only on summers but the bottles are now sold all year long and make competition with Coca and Pepsi cans. Moreover Coca-Cola launched its own brand of Kvas in 2008. wikipedia
Lingondricka

( Lingonberry drink )

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SWEDEN, RUSSIA Lingonberry juice (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), popular in Sweden and in Russia.
Sbiten

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RUSSIA This traditional drink of the russian winter, is alcohol free, when herbs, crushed spices, jam and honey are mixed to water.
Stewler

( Simmeler, Varenets )
UKRAINE,RUSSIA fermented milk product that is popular in Russia and Ukraine. Similar to Ryazhenka, it is made by adding sour cream to baked milk. (wikipedia)
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