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.

(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.

Therefore, tell the composition of the cocktail if its name is not known to the staff. And we will help you with this! Watch our small movie! We show you how it`s spelled in Russian in order to find an item on the bar menu. And also how it`s pronounced by a real Russian.

Dear friends! We have tried to collect for you the names of all the most popular alcoholic drinks that you might want to order at a Russian bar or restaurant, as well as find and buy yourself in a store or supermarket. As well as the most common words and phrases that you will need in a conversation with the Russian staff:

Now you can be sure that..
1) you will find the right shop or cafe
2) the staff will understand you and you will understand the staff
3) you yourself correctly identify any goods

Pay attention to the rules of correct pronunciation. Transliteration is given for the classical Latin alphabet and does not match with the rules of orthography and pronunciation of English.

Besides, often in Russian, as in many other languages, words are pronounced differently than they are spelled. Dashes below indicate stress (accent) a certain syllable in a word. Our transliterated text does not always match the correct spelling, but it always matches the correct pronunciation!

A guide on how to choose the best for you, how to identify a fake, as well as the rules and restrictions on the sale of alcohol and tobacco in Russia, read here:

Want to know more?
Non-Alcoholic beverages in Russian:

Russian Toasts:


#VisitRussia #RussianBar #BitterLiquor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.