World's Strangest Liquors
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Description: This Russian summertime beverage made from fermented cubes of stale black or rye bread is just as widespread as vodka, the country’s other brew of fame. Dating back to antiquity, the traditional drink transcended the classes and was consumed by both peasants and nobles alike. Made by pouring hot water over bread baked into croutons, which are then left to ferment in wooden tubs, the concoction is frequently flavored with mint, berries, or raisins. Vendors in Russia’s residential neighborhoods pump the amber brew into jugs from wheeled yellow tanks.
Where to Find It: From street vendors in Russia during the summer.