Vodka is a tradition all on its own in Russia. This alcohol is the most well-known and used drink all over the world when it comes to what people choose when they want to have an alcoholic beverage. Because vodka is so popular, it not only is good to drink as a shot or in a mixed drink; it’s also great to blend with different food ingredients to create wonderful dishes for everyone to enjoy. Vegetables are one of the main foods that can be preserved by vodka. They can be soured, salted, or steeped. If you are in Russia, the vegetables that were steeped will be chilled by being placed in the snow. Cucumbers, cabbage, cranberries, and blueberries are the most popular vegetables preserved in vodka. If you like mushrooms, having slated or marinated ones will compliment vodka so well. Herring is also a great choice to have with a side of vodka. It’s usually served with hot boiled potatoes and garnished with butter, chopped dill, and rye bread. It’s truly a masterpiece for Russian’s to enjoy.
Don’t forget about the caviar; this exquisite dish is very commonly paired with a shot of vodka. They complement each other very well. Russian pancakes are literally always served with vodka; it doesn’t even matter what time of the day it is. Enjoy this special treat; the hot pancakes are flavored with melted butter, topped with sour cream and caviar, and sprinkled with tiny chopped green onions. This dish celebrates winter’s end. There is a famous dish called ‘Olivier.’ It literally means ‘Beetroot salad.’ It’s a mixture of finely chopped boiled eggs, sausages and marinated cucumbers, and seasoned with mayonnaise sauce. This salad is enjoyed with vodka to bring in the New Year. Dumplings are a treat; a potato, vegetable, or meat one: they all complement a side of vodka very well. To enjoy food is a wonderful thing; to be able to pair your food with fine vodka is even better. Enjoy.