When we went out for dinner last weekend and I didn’t know which drink to choose, Wim suggested I try “mors”. I didn’t regret it!
Mors is supposed to be one of the oldest Russian drinks, with some archaeologists suggesting that it may be more than two thousand years old. The earliest written records of the drink are found in a 16th-century encyclopedia called “Domostroy” (“Household Code”).
Mors is made from berries, usually sour berries such as cranberries, gooseberries, red currants or lingonberries, but sometimes also strawberries or raspberries (and mine had a hint of cherries). These are boiled with a sweetener such as honey or sugar.
Traditionally mors was used as a medicinal drink: lingonberry for colds, cranberry for fever, blackberry to normalise digestion, and blueberry for intestinal disorders. Many Russians still believe that drinking mors throughout the winter keeps sickness away since it contains many vitamins.
As you can see, we were in the perfect decor to try this traditional drink! 🙂 We were at a restaurant called “Ioann Vasilievich”, where the entire interior was modelled after the famous 1970s Soviet comedy “Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future” about Ivan the Terrible.
Of course we also had to take the obligatory picture on Ivan’s throne …
Just like the mors, the food was delicious, especially the eggplant “ikra”. But I’ll tell you more about that next time. 😉