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Horseradish is a well-known drink among Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians. Since 2016, even GOST has been introduced for the production of the so-called "shitty vodka". Horseradish got its fame even during the reign of Tsar Peter I, who issued a royal decree, which obliged every house to have 5 quarters of vodka on horseradish roots.
This decree was issued not out of love for drinking, but out of concern for people doing hard work, especially in the cold. In our article, we will share the best recipes for this delicious and healthy drink. You can also watch a video on the topic.
What is this drink and how many degrees is it in?
Horseradish - high-grade tincture on the roots of fresh horseradish with the addition of honey... The strength of the drink is 35-40 degrees. Its distinctive features are the following points:
- Does not burn the throat. Usually, when consuming other tinctures on alcohol or vodka, there is a burning sensation in the throat and esophagus. Thanks to the addition of honey, horseradish comes in very gently.
- Pleasant aftertaste. This effect is also achieved precisely due to the honey notes in the drink. In connection with this excellent quality, you can always put horseradish tincture on your table, because many will like it.
- It is impossible not to note such a positive quality of "Drink of the Gods" as the absence of a hangover the next day. Therefore, horseradish is well suited for a feast before the working day.
- Horseradish awakens a strong appetite. Therefore, before using the tincture, you should stock up on a large amount of snacks.
- Horseradish vodka is more robust than many other tinctures and strong drinks.
- Horseradish can be added to various cocktails, because it will not spoil the taste of other ingredients, but only add new notes to the drink.
Important: All the qualities described above are characteristic of the classic mead, which includes the main three components: horseradish, alcohol (vodka, moonshine) and honey.
Benefit and harm
The benefits of using the tincture certainly exist. The beneficial properties of horseradish are associated with its ingredients..
Horseradish and honey do an excellent job with colds. Alcohol warms up in cold weather and helps to relax after a hard day's work.
It is also important to remember that alcohol dilates blood vessels, which improves blood flow... However, do not forget about the dangers of alcohol. It has a destructive effect on nerve cells and liver tissue.
Read more about the benefits and dangers of horseradish with honey, ginger, lemon and other ingredients here.
Effects on the nervous system
Ethanol and its metabolites are dangerous for neurons - nerve cells. He kills them. In this case, the conduction of nerve impulses along the nerve fibers is disrupted, which leads to inhibition, memory impairment, impaired coordination, loss of a person in time and space.
Effects on the liver
The liver in our body plays the role of a large filter... It is in the liver that the blood is purified from all harmful substances, as well as their metabolism and the removal of conversion products from the body. Alcohol also passes through the liver, where it is broken down by a special enzyme (alcohol dehydrogenase) into acetic acid and acetaldehyde.
Attention: With a large amount of alcohol drunk, hepatocytes (structural and functional elements of the liver) are depleted and die. As a result of the death of these cells, liver dysfunction occurs, which, with further alcohol consumption, leads to alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
Indications and contraindications for use
- Horseradish copes very well with colds. It is believed that earlier, at the first signs of the disease, a person took a glass of tincture with horseradish at night, and in the morning all the symptoms disappeared. As the people say, "puts you on your feet during the night!"
- Horseradish root has a good effect. He is a kind of aphrodisiac. Many men note that after drinking horseradish vodka, they have an increased chance of satisfying their woman in bed. So crap is good for those who have problems with potency.
- Externally, you can use the tincture as compresses to treat ailments such as osteochondrosis, arthrosis of the joints and similar problems.
Traditional medicine is a good remedy for treating ailments. However, it should not be abused. It is better to seek advice from a specialist.
- Allergic reactions. Allergies to honey are very common. You also need to consider the quality of the honey. After all, artificial additives and dyes with which some sellers "improve" their products are strong allergens. Therefore, honey should be purchased either in specialized places where all the goods from the sellers have passed certification and were approved for sale, or from a friend who contains bees.
- Pregnant and lactating women who want to consume horseradish should be patient until the child reaches the age when it is no longer necessary to breastfeed him.
- Horseradish, like any alcohol-containing drinks, should in no case be given to people suffering from alcoholism.
- In diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (gastritis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, pancreatitis, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, and others), you should also refrain from eating horseradish.
- In diseases of the nervous system, the horseradish is categorically contraindicated.
- Do not abuse horseradish for diseases of the cardiovascular and urinary systems.
How to choose horseradish?
There is no better option than horseradish from your home garden. Unfortunately, not everyone has an opportunity, like a garden bed. In such cases, you should look for horseradish root in the markets or ask friends who grows it. It is desirable that horseradish is collected closer to autumn, when it contains the greatest amount of nutrients. Some people use dried horseradish in powder form or canned horseradish root to make horseradish vodka, but the taste will be very different from real horseradish.
Classic horseradish recipes use the root of the planthowever, there are recipes where the leaves can be used.
Situations are possible when horseradish made according to the same recipe from one horseradish bush has a different taste.
Distinctive features of the tincture
- On alcohol... It's good to do with alcohol, because you can choose the degree yourself (horseradish and honey "steal" the degree, which is not to everyone's liking), diluting the alcohol. The difficulty lies in the fact that good alcohol is more expensive than the same vodka and it is not so easy to find it.
- On vodka... You should buy vodka in trusted places. Palenka cannot be used. The ingredients will overpower its taste, but will not change the chemical composition.
Is the best option:
- Vodka is sold in any store.
- It should not be thinned or added to cleaning. However, it is important to understand that the strength of the drink will be about 5-7 degrees less.
- On moonshine... Horseradish vodka with moonshine is also a good preparation option. However, moonshine should be subjected to additional purification beforehand. In addition, the risk of using low-quality moonshine is much higher than vodka or alcohol. Another problem with moonshine is a change in the taste of horseradish.
The best step-by-step recipes with photos: how to make such a tincture at home?
Let's take a look at three of the best homemade horseradish recipes.
The classic way of cooking
- Vodka, moonshine or alcohol - 1000 ml.
- Natural honey - 2 teaspoons.
- Fresh horseradish root - 18-20 cm.
- You can add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice to taste.
Advice: Measuring the exact size of the root crop is optional. If you insist on vodka, then in a liter bottle of vodka it is enough to add as much horseradish as is needed to reach the level of vodka in the bottleneck.
- The root crop is cleaned and cut into rings.
- Add honey and lemon to the horseradish to taste.
- Everything is placed in a glass clean (preferably sterilized) container and filled with an alcohol-containing liquid (depending on the choice) by about 50% of the volume of the vessel and mixed thoroughly.
- Add the rest of the alcohol.
- The second time everything is shaken well.
- Horseradish is placed for several days (usually 4-5) in a dark, cool place. The best such place is the cellar.
- After the time necessary for the initial infusion, the horseradish is filtered and put back to infuse for another 2-3 days.
- After repeated infusion, the tincture should become transparent, and all the turbid suspension should remain at the bottom of the container.
- The drink is re-expressed.
The classic horseradish tincture at the root is good for colds and flu, as well as for relaxation after hard physical work. It should be drunk at 50-100 ml per day in 50-gram glasses. Jellied meat and cucumbers will be an excellent appetizer for it.
We recommend watching a video about cooking classic horseradish:
A simple recipe with horseradish leaves
- Vodka or alcohol.
- Horseradish leaves.
- Such a crap is insisted, as a rule, in a bank.
- It is necessary to fill the container with washed leaves by 25% (1/4), fill the rest with alcohol.
- The drink is infused for exactly 7 days on the bottom shelf of the refrigerating chamber.
- After infusion, the drink is decanted.
That's it, the horseradish on the leaves is ready to eat. This tincture is not prepared for a feast. It is best taken before meals about half an hour to prevent digestive upset. Also, this tincture is used for diseases of the musculoskeletal system (arthrosis of the joints, osteochondrosis, gout and others).
We recommend watching a video about cooking horseradish on horseradish leaves:
How to cook quickly?
There are situations when it is unbearable to drink crap, all the constituent components are available, but you don't want to wait. For such cases, there is an express method for preparing the tincture.
- Horseradish root - 40 g.
- Ginger root - 20 g.
- Vodka or alcohol - 0.5 l.
- Natural honey - 1 teaspoon.
- Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon.
- Table salt - 1 pinch.
- The roots of horseradish and ginger are peeled and rubbed with a grater.
- Add lemon juice and salt to this mixture, then mix it all and let it brew for 5 minutes.
- The infused mixture and alcohol-containing liquid and honey are added to a clean glass container. Then all this is thoroughly mixed for 4-6 minutes and the same amount is infused.
- After infusion, the drink is decanted and filtered.
It should be understood that this drink may differ in taste from real horseradish, however, it is a good substitute for it if there is a very strong desire to use it.
We recommend watching a video about cooking horseradish in a quick way:
Possible side effects
But do not take this healing elixir without measure.... After all, even he can have side effects:
- Allergic reactions.
- Strongest appetite.
- Increased blood pressure.
- If there is a slight bleeding somewhere (for example, a bleeding stomach ulcer), horseradish can aggravate it.
Lovers of homemade tinctures are very fond of horseradish... It has beneficial properties, tastes great and does not come with a hangover. If there is a desire to pleasantly surprise guests at a feast, it is worth serving them this wonderful drink.