Vodka is a beverage closely associated with Russian culture, but you may not have heard of kvass. Kvass actually doesn’t contain much alcohol at all (less than 1.2%) and is kind of like a mix between a beer and a soft drink. Made from fermented wheat or rye bread, and often flavored with sugar, strawberries, mint, raisins, lemons or apples, kvass is sold by street vendors as a pick-me-up for any time of day. Kvass has been a popular drink in Russia and Eastern Europe since ancient times, and continues to be popular today, even providing Coke with some stiff competition. 

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