Na Zdorovia, Komrades
Here's Zamir's crash course on how to drink Vodka like a real Russian, and like a real peacemaker.
Find your friends, a good bottle and make sure it's properly chilled. Russians almost always drink their Vodka cold,
neat and without ice.
Russians have special vodka glasses, larger than the standard shot glasses westerner's may associate with the drink. The feeling is drinking from a small glass too often will get you drunk too quickly.
Food should be available – you're not an alcoholic if you are eating when you are drinking.
Typical drinking fare in Russia includes Black Russian rye bread, pickles and smoked fish.
When it's time to toast it is customary to finish your drink. To make a peacemaking toast, start by holding the glass high while holding one of your hors d'oevures in your free hand. Smell the Vodka, take a whiff of the bread to honor the effort and work of the diligent Russian farmers who made this possible. Then, just before you drink, exhale deeply, trying to have as little air in your lungs as possible.Take your drink, and as you taste the vodka, you will also breath it in for double effect. Take a bit of food. You'll notice the smiles from your comrades as all the smells, tastes and feelings a good vodka-well drunk with fine people makes.