Travelling all over Europe, all I could think of is… kefir. It`s a drink made of milk. Something like a yoghurt, but not exactly. I couldn’t find it in Italy, in Hungary and definitely not in San Marino. Although, I`ve tried a lot of other beverages but it wasn’t the same.
I few days later I`ve talked to another Ukrainian and was very surprised finding out she is looking for the same drink in every supermarket for quite a time. What was it? Call of ancestors? Something we`ve used to so much we can`t just let go of it.
It made me think that no matter where we are we`ll still be looking for something we got used as a child.
The point is every country has its traditions. And probably at least once in your life you`ve heard about Ukrainian vodka. But let`s not talk about it now. Let`s talk about something else instead.
Mulled wine? But it`s not!
It is made basically of honey. Sometimes - with different spices. Usually it depends on the region. This drink has a very long history. It is served for Christmas or special occasions. So as mulled wine, it can be hot, but not all the time. In winter it goes as a hot beverage, in summer – it will freshen up. But caution: this beverage is made with alcohol so it shouldn`t be served every day.
Originally kvas is made of rye bread. It`s non-alcoholic and has very unusual taste. it`s not sugary and has brown color.
Uzvar is typically winter beverage. It`s made of drying fruits. You will see this beverage in restaurants with Ukrainian cuisine.