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Ukrainian_coffee_shop_signWelcome back to the Street Russian Project! Рада тебя видеть : )

Hot weather has returned to us in the western hemisphere and it’s making me dream of cool summer drinks like these:


Below you’ll find all kinds of beverages in Russian… although the results are probably skewed towards tea and vodka, since those were popular choices in our household. I’ll let you guess which one was a daily drink and which one was for celebrations, haha.

Russian_coffee_tea juice_in_Russian


Quick- can you identify the other language here?

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L: dairy drinks aisle. R: vodka aisle.



Jazzster_Kharkov_menu flavored_vodka

Carving on the wall of this хреновуха-serving restaurant.
Snack stand in the park. You can drink whatever you want, as long as it’s a beer 😉


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Russian / English cheat sheet

холодный чай = iced tea

смузи = smoothie

летнее предложение = summer offers

морс = a simple and popular berry drink. There’s a good recipe for it here.

узвар = a room-temperature drink you’ll often find served with lunch. It’s basically stewed dried fruit in incredibly sugary water. I think it’s an acquired taste ; )

Приятного чаепития! = Happy tea-drinking! Phrases like this one are why I love the Russian language : )

персик = peach

ромашка = chamomile

шиповника плоды = rose hip (шипшини плоди in Ukrainian)… here’s how we would make it into a tea!

клуб любителей кофе = coffee lovers’ club

без добавления сахара = no added sugar

клюква = cranberry

прохладительные напитки = chilled drinks


What’s your favorite summertime drink?



PS: Get more info on the Street Russian Project here!

3 Responses

  1. Teango
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    I love the idea of the Street Russian Project and am enjoying the virtual immersion. It brings me a little closer to Russia which feels like my second home, and it’s the first time I’ve seen the word “смузи”. Спасибо за интересные фотографии, и я с нетерпением жду твоих новых сообщений!

    ( PS My favourite Russian summertime drink is probably медовуха, although I’d settle for a cold glass of квас too. 😛 )

    • Katherine
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      Спасибо большое, Теango, for your kind words! I’m really hoping this project will be useful to language learners 🙂

      Amazingly, I still haven’t tried медовуха… but want to! My husband likes квас a lot. It’s been really hot here in Portland this summer and my drink of choice has been холодный чай без сахара or this (https://minimalistbaker.com/chili-lime-mango-margaritas/) on a festive night.

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