45 Russian Honey Drink

Russian Honey Drink

Posted on March 29, 2009 by

Russian drink

For hundreds of years there was a tradition in Russia to make speical drink from honey and hop plant.
It is a low-alcohol drink, that was sometimes mentioned by famous Russian classic authors too.

They say that before the wedding all the members of the family helped to prepare a good stock of this honey drink for the marrying pare. Then during the wedding and 30 days after the married couple had to drink only this beverage – no any other was allowed. So the honeymoon was called in Russia after an actual honey drink.

The recipe itself is easy. First they boild a water in the pan, then add there enough honey, then after sometime some very small quantity of hop plant is being added and then, it’s being take from the fire, put aside to calm down and then the yeast is added. That’s all, after five days they have a true Russian drink that is even stronger just a regular beer.

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45 Responses to “Russian Honey Drink”

  1. Sacha says:


  2. Peter says:

    That looks similar to a Uyghur drink from Xinjiang province in China called “Kawas”.

    • dungeonbrownies says:

      yaa, probably where they got it from. Much cultural sharing in asia.

      • angella ahmadinejad says:

        Its a good thing then I keep Bees for my wonderful mail order husband. You though I had a burka just to keep the mullahs happy, well it also helps with the pesky bees.

        Yours in happiness and love

        the future Mr Ahmadinejad.

        • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

          OMA! I can’t believe you are a bee-keeper! You must see my answer to you in the thread about the church-mosque!

          Bonded with you in mind as well as heart,
          M. Ahmadinejad

      • scot says:

        How about….

        Camel Urine Nutrition of Tehran?

        • Finik says:

          Acronymic Nutrition Unit of Sahib

          • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

            Wonderful answers from both Finik and scot. I will forward them to marketing to see what they think, and to see if they would like to conduct a test-marketing program, maybe in the coastal region of Bulgaria.

  3. Russian_NYC says:


    • scot says:

      yes – that’s what the country bumpkins in SW England drink.

      • Russian_NYC says:

        LOL, u guys have them too? I thought everyone in England was squinting through monocles, discovering theories and only drinking tea out of tiny cups

  4. Dobra Dyen says:

    Where can one buy kvass in Canada?

  5. Finnlander says:

    Astetta hienompaa kiljua.

  6. ml says:

    That’s totally mead, which is just about as strong as beer.

  7. drinkbrew-brewdrink says:

    It is Medovukha which is an Eastern European form of mead.

    Mead is great, but one problems of mead is the time it takes to produce, versus wines and especially beers. Grain/hop based beers can be produced in a month, wines as quick as three months (although wine is usually aged.)

    Mead on the other hand can ferment up to a couple years, mostly due to the qualities of honey and the yeast interaction with it.

    Anyway, looks good, save a glass for me.

    BTW, Monica Broadhole aka Miss India is a USA paid psy-op hired to mess with any and all Russian culture. (There are many, many employed for such purposes.)

  8. scot says:

    How about….

    Camel Urine Nutrition of Tehran

  9. roxolanus says:

    Absolutely, it’s a sub-kind of mead, very common for European Middle Ages, and Kievan Rus. It might be that it’s the oldest alcoholic drink known to the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.
    Plz pay attention that usually for “Medovukha” production honey from several Ukrainian farms is used: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medovukha
    Also, in Kievan Rus the word “med” was used rather than “medovukha”

  10. w says:

    I prefer fermented goat semen

  11. Kirov says:

    I don’t like it much.

  12. Meshca says:

    kawas. asian drink(if above post about it was serious)
    kvass. russian bread drink

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  14. Gerry says:

    Yes, the “Mead” explanations are correct. It’s a Honey/yeast brew parallel to beer/piva. In the West the historians trace it back through Rome to Greece. (Though who knows where it really originated. Mesopotamia?) G]

  15. olegonzo says:

    I like your blog a lot. And I made something similar to this (I work in Saudi Arabia) using grape juice (natural) and some sugar and yeast. Five days works. But this sounds better.

  16. Sylvia says:

    your english might be poor, but its better than some of these peoples attitudes. i love your web btw. and I think all these small random posts you have are great<3

  17. Artem says:

    I was there. We call this place “Graveyard Train”

  18. milky_candy_sugar says:

    Heh this looks nice!

  19. mothglitter says:

    Mead! Ahhhh the honey drink, shared by many different cultures. Delicious.

  20. samaraman says:

    I myself am preparing kvass (rye)

  21. samaraman says:

    I apologize for my English ))

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  23. kin says:

    Disputably to assert that it is Russian drink. Has more likely come to us from the countries of the Norwegian peninsula.
    When that tried, quite easy and pleasant drink

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