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Jan 16, 2013 07:41 AM

drink ideas for Russian-themed dinner party

We have an international supper clubb we started last year. It's our turn to host and Russia is the cuisine this time around. The host always is responsible for drinks. I'm not a huge vodka fan, but I realize a lot of people are, and that its use in a Russian-themed drink is probably inevitable. I even considered doing a blind vodka trading, but that's probably not a good idea for many reasons. So, what I'd like to serve is a modern craft cocktail with ingredients that reference Russia, but with something surprising--maybe the use of beet juice, or a Russian spirit other than vodka, or some other unexpected ingredient. Any ideas?

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  1. Водка (vodka) or квасс (kvass) are just about it, and I have no idea where you'd get kvass here. OTOH, you may -- depending upon where you're located some Russian, Georgian, or Moldovan wines . . .

    1. Friends of ours adopted a little boy from Russia and at his welcoming party they served all russian themed foods. Each person was offered a small glass of iced russian vodka.

      Ay the bar they offered russian wines, more vodka and as a tongue-in-cheek drink they offered white and black russians.

      They were smart knowing that not everyone would love these so they had more traditional drinks/wines too.

      1. I would imagine that you could produce some very interesting Russian seeming vodka cocktails. If you want to go for realism, however, the standard shot size is about 2.25 times that of a normal American shot and you should have a large amount of pickles, snacks, little bags of dried fish/squid/etc, and a drunk man with a guitar.

        This sounds like I'm being stereotypical,but this is my dead serious mental image of dozens of Russian house parties I've attended.

          1. They won't like it but you could put vodka in rassol, which is the brine from cucumber pickles or from sauerkraut. It is sold at markets as a hangover curative so maybe you could sell it as ameliorating the "bite" of the rotgut.

            You could always get into teh never-ending world of flavored vodkas: lemon, cranberry, buffalo grass, pepper etc. etc. etc. And you can make Kvass yourself. All it is is beer ingredients that were made into bread and are being dragged back towards beer. (oversimplification but essentially true).