BITTERS in Russian. Names of Alcohol Beverages. How to find or order in a Russian supermarket / bar



The name BITTERS (in Russian – БИТТЕРЫ), as a classification of alcoholic beverages, is used in Russia, but not very often. In Russian supermarkets, bars and restaurants, these drinks are usually referred to as liqueurs or so-called bitter tinctures.

BITTERS / БИТТЕРЫ / BITTERY
LIQUORS / ЛИКЁРЫ / LIKYORY
TINCTURES / НАСТОЙКИ / NASTOYKI
(ENG / RUS / RUS Transliterated)

Perhaps you should know that many types of bitters are produced in Russia. This is done in almost every province. The classic Russian bitter is an infusion of strong alcohol (38-45%) on forest herbs and berries, which is used straight as an aperitif, or added to hot tea or coffee. Do you want to try? Look for the Russian word БАЛЬЗАМ / BALZAM on labels and menus.

Overall, bitters are quite popular in Russia. Therefore, you can easily find the most famous brands in any store or bar.
Can’t find it right away? Ask the staff. The names in Russian sound almost the same as in the whole world. Well, maybe only Becherovka should be pronounced in Czech/Russian – BEKHERAFKA.

Of course, in Russia, classic cocktails made on the basis of bitters are no less popular. Perhaps not all bars, especially provincial ones, will understand you correctly if you order a Garibaldi cocktail. But any bartender in the smallest village knows perfectly well what Campari with orange juice is.

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