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Yorsh (Also known as Mora Grogg) (Russian: Ёрш which means "Ruffe") is a Russian mixed drink consisting of beer thoroughly mixed with an ample quantity of vodka. It is traditionally drunk in a social setting, typically with a toast followed by downing a full glass of it at one go.
Vodka is a neutral spirit which does not greatly alter the flavor of the beer, but does greatly increase its alcohol content.
Probably the first evidence of presence of such a mix in Russian drinking culture is the Tale of Woe and Misfortune, an anonymous 17th century-poem. The early version of yorsh described there included mead, however.
- Vodka: A Taste of Russia A New York Times article about yorsh.
- A Lesson in Drinking Vodka An AskMen.com article about yorsh's role in Russian vodka culture.