Enjoy a drink of this autumn

Indian summer – the most beautiful part of the year. Its not so warm like in summer but still not so cold like in winter. Nature is colored by many colours, from yellow over red to dark brown. Its the end of all holidays, time of fallen leaves, last vacancies, tears for short holiday romances but thats not a reason to forget all our summer experience. How can you remind all that memories, when you are sitting on the garden and looking at gold autumm nature? What about mix a delicious cocktail? Do you know which drink is considered to be the most popular drink of this autumm?

Maybe you will be suprised, but that drink came from Russia. Its name is Cocktail Hot R de Ruinar! If you are tired of all tastes of Mojitos and other classical cocktails, Hot R de Ruinar is that right choice for you! You can taste it in its homeland, in Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka in Moscow. If you had no money or time for travelling and stay in Moscow hotel, just improvise and make it yourself!

It will be great suprise for all your visiters, friends or relations on your garden barbecue party. Hot R de Ruinar is a drink for every opportunities. Main part of the recipie is R DE RUINART BRUT Champagne and a cup of Irish Coffe. Then you need just spices, honey, limit juice, some kind of berries and caramel. Mix it together and in the end decorate spoon with pieces of caramel and berries. Then just enjoy sweet taste with drop of alcohol. This cocktail is recommented by the Chef Sommelier Vadim Surov from Moscow. – Its like a wild flower in the middle of jungle, amazing mix of great tastes,- he said.

Sbiten – Famous Russian Wintertime Drink.

Sbiten, the traditional beverage for wintertime in Russia, is a drink with a long, colorful history. Research shows that sbiten has been around since the fourteenth century. Traditionally, Sbiten was served from oft-heated copper samovars by the sbitenshchik, who served it up until the beginning of the twentieth century on Russian street corners.

Sbiten is made in different ways, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic. It is the perfect antidote for long cold winters, something Russia is famous for. It is a real treat for us old folks that hate winter.

The word Sbiten comes the from the verb sbit–to beat or to pound. The herbs and spices are ground in a mortar, and then mixed with honey or molasses. It is allowed to ferment for a short period, and then mixed with water to make a slightly alcoholic drink. Replacing the water with a good Cabernet Sauvignon makes for a more lively drink, one to be appreciated by all. It is also fortified with brandy or vodka for a more potent libation.

The basic recipe for Sbiten:

3 1/2 cups water
2 cups honey
3 cinnamon sticks
2-3 cardamom pods, seeds removed, toasted and crushed
1/3 Tsp ground ginger 1 TBS whole cloves
2 dried chili peppers (optional)
2 TBS raspberry or apricot jam

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a slow boil over medium heat. Whisk continuously to insure honey is well mixed. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Strain liquid through cheesecloth into an airtight container for storage and refrigerate until ready to bottle.

I buy 750 ml Cobalt Blue EZ Cap bottle from the local brewmeister to bottle anything like Sbiten to present as a gift during the holiday season. Add some fancy ribbon, a foil cap to the bottle, and a gift card. For about USD you have a wonderful gift to present to friends or co-workers. A case of the Cobalt Blue bottles runs about .00.