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WHAT drinking in Russia until tea

What drink in Russia until tea

Tea is the favorite drink of many people, as it tones and good thirst quencher.

Tea in Russia began to be used in the 17th century, when this drink was brought in as a gift to the king.

This begs the question: what is consumed Russian people in ancient times before the tea?

tea Predecessors

In Russia, there were a lot of drinks thatdrank until the well-known tea. Great-grandparents were very fond of infusions and decoctions of aromatic herbs, drinking berry fruit drinks, brew boiled, stewed fruit and drink from the bark of trees. For beautiful colors in these broths were added dried fruits of carrots and beets, which are pre-fried. Out of dairy products consumed yogurt, whey.
But the true Russian drink has always been:
- Sbiten,
- Vzvarets,
- Mead,
- Brew
- Nutsedge or sated.
Sbiten is a hot drink thatit turned out after the infusion of honey water. Dissolved in water with the addition of honey spices boiled for half an hour. They drank the drink and warm, and cold.

In Russia tea first brought in 1638 RussianBoyar and Ambassador Vasily Starkov as a gift from the Mongol ruler. Was it not the usual drink today, and the famous Altyn-Haan: tea with milk and lard.

Vzvarets and mead

Vzvarets was a thick (likejelly) broth - hence the name. Most often used for the preparation of raspberry and beaks. The cooking process was long, one pot would simmer in the oven until the day, then filtered and allowed to stand overnight.
Mead as sbiten, prepared on the basis ofhoney. By the way, sugar Russ learned not so long ago - a couple of centuries ago, but because of all the drinks to the 18th century, honey was added. Honey drink has been brewed in the Russian furnace with the addition of hops, after it was taken out and left in a warm place for three days, at this time began the process of fermentation.
Mead was considered finished only whenAir bubbles in fluid stopped walking. The drink was poured in a bottle, and stored in the subfield. It is worth noting that mead is considered soft drinks, it was served on holidays, drove the peasants in the field during mowing.


For the first time in Russia and began to make kvassconsumed as drinking in the year 996. They prepared it based on oats, rye flour and rye sourdough. Any of these components is filled with lukewarm water honey. Drink insisted for several days.

Thanks Domostroi today there are more than 500 kinds of kvass, which was prepared in Russia. Contrary to popular belief, this drink is drunk not only peasants, but even kings and nobles.


Finally, nutsedge or sated in Russia in ancient timestea replaced in their properties and characteristics. Drinking is prepared simply, honey diluted with boiling water and drink hot or cold. For added flavor often herbs.
It is also known that in Russia Ivan drank tea orKoporye tea, which is prepared from the leaves of fireweed plants. This drink tastes like a modern tea. Interestingly, this drink and now has a lot of popularity because of its healing properties.

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