12 Myths (or Truths) About Russians and Vodka

12 Myths (or Truths) About Russians and Vodka

12 Myths (or Truths) About Russians and Vodka - Davai! The Russians and Their VodkaThis article was originally published on the Russian Life blog. Russian Life is the only English language magazine on the world’s largest country. Encompassing events, cultural secrets, photographic explorations, and the history of this thousand-year-old land, Russian Life celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2016.

This article was written for the launch of the book Davai! The Russians and Their Vodka by Edwin Trommelen (Translated by David Stephenson and Nora Favorov).

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See if you can guess which are true and which are false:

1. Russians use vodka to treat minor colds.

True or False?

 

2. Russians consider it rude if you refuse to drink vodka with them, or do not drink “bottoms up.”

True or False?

 

3. Russians never drink without saying a toast.

True or False?

 

4. Russians drink vodka out of huge glasses.

True or False?

 

5. Russian men and Russian women both drink about the same amount of vodka.

True or False?

 

6. Russians believe that vodka is the best hangover cure.

True or False?

 

7. Russians never dilute their vodka or use it in mixed drinks.

True or False?

 

8. In Russia, there is no vodka without pickles.

True or False?

 

9. If you open a bottle of vodka, it must be finished.

True or False?

 

10. Russians drink more than other nations.

True or False?

 

11. Only a Russian can drink vodka like a true Russian.

True or False?

 

12. Vodka is the best drink in the world.

True or False?

 

Top photo: Vintage vodka bottles in Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish 

PUBLISHED: February 9, 2016

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