With the World Cup almost here, there’s an excitement building among football fans to see games between the best players in the world. Whether you’ll be glued to your screens for every match or will just be tuning in to the England games, you’re going to need to get into the spirit with our Russian inspired cocktails (since there’s quite a few games on weeknights and younger fans might want to be involved too, we also included a non-alcoholic Russian cocktail which is no less delicious!)
Try some traditional toasts too with your drinks, ”Do Dna” means ”to the last drop,” or, if you’re watching the game with friends, “Za vstrechye” which means ”to being together.”
Russia is famous for their vodka, so we start with a vodka based cocktail, the White Russian (or Black Russian if you don’t add cream, depending on your preference.) Neither of these drinks have Russian origin, but are named instead due to the addition of vodka. Remember to shake the cream before using to thicken it. Also – not that we doubt the weather here in Yorkshire(!) but if it’s a little chilly, prepare the drink on the stove with hot coffee – a warm cocktail will warm you through on a cool day and give you the vocal warm up ahead of the game!
The White Russian is the easiest cocktail to make, these measurements are per glass, so scale up as you desire for your guests:
Mix the three ingredients together and pour into a glass with ice cubes – easy!
Add in some fresh raspberries too if you fancy adding additional flavour; extra point for freezing fresh raspberries in ice cubes for added flair.
A Tolstoy Tang
Tolstoy, of course, was a Russian writer, regarded to be one of the greatest authors of all time. Best known perhaps for War and Peace and Anna Karenina, he wrote countless novels, short stories, plays and essays. The Tolstoy Tang was developed by the Russian Standard Original Vodka to celebrate the country’s 18th year of Independence and has become a favourite ever since. Named after one of the greats in Russian literature, it’s clear why they chose Tolstoy to name one of their three cocktails (also publishing a Moscow Mule and Mango Siberian Sunrise cocktail recipes.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a glass and garnish with a slice of lemon sitting on the edge of a glass.
A personal favourite, we include a screwdriver since it is so simple to make with limited ingredients, of course one being a Russian vodka. Add variations such as making it with one part vodka, one part orange soda and one part orange juice.
Squeeze the juice from the orange and clementine. Add ice cubs into a tall glass and add the vodka. Follow by pouring in the fruit juice and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a wedge of orange. We like to roll the rim of the glass in sugar beforehand but this is optional – just get a wedge of orange and wet the edge of the glass then roll in some sugar.
Non-alcoholic Moscow Mule
A refreshing drink for younger footie fans, those driving or just not wanting to drink on a work night! Traditionally served in a copper mug, this version uses ginger beer and club soda as the main ingredients to replicate the crisp flavour of the Moscow Mule.
Take the copper mug and pour in the lime juice, simple syrup and club soda before adding in the mint leaves (these are optional so add in as many or little as you’d like.) Add in the crushed ice so your mug is half full. Fill to the top with ginger beer and garnish as desired; how about keeping a wedge of lime back when you juice it to use as a garnish, or a few mint leaves. You’re missing no flavour with this cocktail!
And there you go! Four delicious cocktail recipes inspired by Russia! Which game are you most excited for? Whichever it is, and whatever team you support, we hope you have a wonderful time getting involved in festivities and spending time with friends! Remember that every single one of these cocktails go beautifully with a traditional Yorkshire Pork Pie – bringing Russian flavours together with Yorkshire flavours! Plus, easy to serve, they’ll go down a treat with everyone and are classic for a football game eaten straight from the packet in between celebrating goals!