Apart from national dishes, each country has its own national drink. In Belarus it is krambambulia, which was very popular and loved in the past. Nowadays, krambambulia retains its popularity, especially with numerous guests of Belarus.
Krambambulia is a liqueur based on vodka or alcohol with honey and spices. Alcohol strength varies from 20 to 40% by volume.
This warming, spicy and aromatic drink will hit the spot on a cold winter night.
There are two opposing versions of the origin of krambambulia. Some researchers believe that it is a traditional Belarusian drink, which has been widely consumed since the eighteenth century. There are several arguments to support this idea. First of all, sustainable spices supply chains were developed, because there couldn't be real krambambulia without spices, and secondly, the Belarusians did not use to drink straight vodka, preferring various fruit liqueurs and tinctures, such as krambambulia.
However, there are other experts who say that krambambulia received its name from the German cherry liqueur called Krambambuli, which was produced in Danzig. Students were fond of that drink, and gradually it became a household name. As a result, practically all strong drinks were called Krambambuli. The popularity of the word was also associated with Der Krambambulist, a famous students' song that was published in Halle in 1745 by privy councilor Christoph Friedrich. In the nineteenth century it was translated into Russian by Nikolay Yazykov.
This wonderful drink is surprisingly easy to prepare at home. There are several ways of making krambambulia, so let us choose the definitive recipe for classical old krambambulia.
500 ml vodka
250 ml water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2–4 orange peels (fresh or dried)
3 tbsp honey
In a saucepan, mix half of the vodka and water. Add the spices and the orange peels, place the saucepan on the stove and bring to the boil, then on a lower heat, cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from the stove. Once cooled to 30°C, add the honey and the remaining vodka. Cover and leave to infuse at room temperature, then filter the liquid through clean muslin.
Krambambulia is ready.
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It is unlikely that there is anyone who has visited Belarus, whether on a business trip or vacation, and resisted the temptation to bring back home something with national flavor. Belarusian national alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, well-known for many centuries in our country with rich culinary heritage, may be good souvenirs from Belarus. I recommend paying special attention to an interesting drink called krambambulia and its old recipe.
AOI Logistic Park FLLC is a real estate development company, registered in Minsk FEZ in 2009. AOI Logistic Park is engaged in the construction of a multimodal logistics park with an area of 79 hectares, adjacent to Minsk National Airport. The founders of the company are the Belgian company Antwerpse Ontwikkelings-en Investiringsmaatshappij NV and the Lithuanian company UAB Euroturtas.