SWEET TASTE, DRY FINISH
In Russia, vodka is drunk neat and chilled, but not frozen, over a long meal. Usually, complementary salty or sour appetizers, such as famous pickled
vegetables or fruit are served.
Traditionally, vodka is drunk from glasses that can hold 100 grams, i.e., 10 cl and in Russia known as «stopka» or «sto gram».
The glass is emptied in one draught, while holding one’s breath and something small is savored straight away. Before drinking, a toast is given.
«Stroganina» is frozen Siberian sashimi, traditionally made with «nelma» or «muksun»: a fish not often found outside Siberian Arctic waters; where time is powerless to tame nature.
It is a challenge for men with the spirit of adventure; a challenge for the brave. Freshly caught and naturally frozen fish is finely sliced and served with Mamont Vodka – the perfect polar appetizer.
The pleasure of «stroganina», like the pleasure of a granita or even custard, lies in its texture. As it melts in your mouth, an ephemeral flavor is released and you are rewarded with the best.
If you’re traveling through Siberia in the depths of winter and your car breaks down, you have two options:
Try this to warm up.
30 ml Mamont Vodka, 20 ml lemon juice, 4 drops Tabasco, 1 red chili, honey.
Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into Mamont curved shot glass, add vodka gently to keep the layers, and infuse with a few drops of Tabasco. For the second shot pour honey, and insert chili for a hot appetizer feel.
Bloody Mary has been named the world’s most complex cocktail, but Russians do not traditionally mix vodka in a cocktail.
Bloody Mamont is the perfect combination of the traditional Russian «zakuski» – little salty finger food, such as pickled vegetables, enjoyed between straight vodka shots and classic cocktail culture.
50 ml Mamont Vodka, 10 ml pickle juice, 80 ml fresh tomato juice, 10 ml lemon juice, 5 ml horseradish juice, sea salt, black pepper.
Stir to combine all the ingredients, except for the pickle juice and Mamont Vodka, pour into the first curved Mamont shot glass. Rinse the second shot glass with pickle juice, and gently poor the vodka into the glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and cherry tomatoes.
When you spend a long time on a train, it turns into your second home. Tea is a traditional Trans-Siberian train beverage, served in a uniquely shaped cup: a glass slipped inside an ornate silver metal holder. Every Trans-Siberian train has a special tea boiler, heated by a real fire!
50 ml Mamont Vodka, 1 tsp. of Earl Grey Black Tea, a few fresh or frozen raspberries, raspberry jam.
Chill the black raspberry jam infused tea and pour into the first curved Mamont shot glass, use a cinnamon stick as a straw. Pour the vodka into the second shot and add raspberries.
The tundra boasts life in the polar extremes – it is cold, even when the summer sunshine finally melts the top layer of ice.
Below ground, permafrost keeps unrevealed stories of the animal of the Ice Age – the woolly mammoth that may shed new light on our own ancestors’ role in their extinction.
50 ml Mamont Vodka, a bowl of fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tbsp. blueberry liqueur.
Blend the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice until they are a smooth consistency. Fill the first shot glass with crushed ice then add the smoothie mix and top with a few berries. Pour the liqueur into the second shot and gently layer the vodka. Instead of liqueur, substitute with blueberry syrup.
Wrangel Island is an island in the Arctic Ocean between the Chukchi Sea and the East Siberian Sea, is a haven for wildlife. Essentially frozen in space and time, it is the last place where woolly mammoths lived.
30 ml Mamont Vodka, 20 ml Kahlua.
Pour ingredients into a curved Mamont glass and stir gently. Drop into a glass or put on a side plate with chocolate-coated coffee bean garnish. Serve immediately.