Being Slav doesn’t mean you only drink Vodka!

The most common thing you associate with Slavs is that they drink a lot of Vodka. You can find a lot of memes and pictures of Slavic people drinking vodka. Other than that, Slavs drink beer, spirits and wine. There are three “belts” in Europe, representing which region drinks the most beer, spirits or wine. Russia, Albania, Bulgaria etc. drink a lot of spirits, Bosnia and Herzegovina is popular for Beer and Rakia. Croatia, Slovenia and Greece tend to have the most of the beer-drinkers in that specific region. Although, Herzegovina produces a lot of good wine, because of the good temperature and soil.

Slavic countries are the historical homeland of vodka. Some associate Poland and Russia for inventing the famous vodka. Before the 19th century, vodka was considered very much a “people’s drink” that was common among the peasantry who made up the majority of the population in most countries of the time, so you can see from here that a lot of people drank vodka, while the political and aristocratic minority preferred imported wines or other alcoholic beverages, and homemade wines that were considered less plebeian.

There are always exceptions, such as Żubrówka, a type of Polish vodka that dates back to the 16th century, considered one of the first vodkas, which became popular among the szlachta (nobility) as well as the peasantry as early as the 18th century. Both people drank it.

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The term has received much attention since 2006 in the context of the term “vodka war” within the European Union about the standardization of vodka: the vodka belt countries insist that only spirits produced from grains and potato must be allowed to be branded as “vodka”, according to the long established traditions of its production. The “Schnellhardt compromise”, proposed by Horst Schnellhardt, suggests that vodkas from other than cereals, potatoes and molasses, should be labeled to say “Vodka produced from”.

What about the beer belt and the wine belt? As of 2012 the beer belt includes Belgium, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, some parts of Austria, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Central Federal District of Russia, the northern and eastern (German-speaking) cantons of Switzerland and the French regions of Alsace, Lorraine, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the départment of Ardennes. As you can see, there are a lot of Slavic countries here. Every single country has its own “popular” beer. Eventhough Bosnia produces beer, a lot of Bosnians drink beer from Czeck, Poland and Croatia.

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Croatia is famous for its Ožujsko beer, the beer which bottle turns colors when the beer is on hot or cold temperature. Beer in Slovakia (Slovak: pivo) has been produced and consumed at least since the 15th century, so it has a rich history. Together with the neighboring Czech Republic, with whom it has a shared and intertwined history, Slovakia has a number of breweries and a rich beer culture. Brews in Slovakia usually range between 3.8 and 5.0% alcohol content, some of them even 10%, just like wine; and are traditionally classified by their density, or specific gravity using the Plato scale.

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When it comes to wines, the “wine belt” is the territory covered by countries in Europe where wine is historically the most popular alcoholic beverage. Countries in the wine belt include Spain, Portugal, Italy, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, most of Austria, San Marino, Switzerland, Romania, France, and Southern Federal District of Russia. Again, you can see a lot of Slavic countries here.Some popular drinks beside these are: Rakia, Cognac, Whiskey, Rum, Stock, Tequila, Medovukha… Cheers to all of you!

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