STEP

1

FIND A REASON TO TOAST

From celebrating big life events to simply enjoying being with friends, Russians always find a reason to toast!

STEP

2

SERVE RUSSIAN STANDARD WELL-CHILLED

But don’t put it in the freezer because that mutes the flavour, and who wants to do that? Russians never put their vodka in the freezer, but rather keep it in their refrigerator. The perfect temperature for serving vodka is about 4°C.

STEP

3

SAY BUDEM ZDOROVY

Pronounced “boo-dem zdah-rohv-ee,” which means “Let’s be healthy!

STEP

4

EAT SMALL AMOUNTS, OFTEN

Zakuski (a kind of Russian tapas) are a central part of any Russian gathering. They might include jewel-bright salad, cured meats, smoked fish, tiny sandwiches and cucumbers pickled to perfection. And of course, caviar.

STEP

5

REPEAT STEPS ONE THROUGH FOUR

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