Khrenovukha at home - a classic recipe for vodka - Alcohol and Tradition

Khrenovukha at home – a classic recipe for vodka

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Vodka tincture on horseradish root has been known since ancient times for its excellent taste and useful properties. According to the decree of Peter I, each farmstead had to keep a certain supply of this alcohol, giving it to people of heavy physical labor and those who worked in the cold. I propose to revive the traditions of our ancestors by cooking homemade horseradish. The recipe has been repeatedly tested in practice, it turns out very tasty.

Fresh root can be replaced with canned, dried or frozen. However, the tincture will not be so fragrant, as semi-finished products lose some of the nutrients and aroma.

As an alcoholic base, store-bought wheat vodka is ideal, but you can make horseradish on moonshine or ethyl alcohol (previously diluted to 40-45 degrees). The requirements for the quality of alcohol are lower than, for example, for home liqueurs, even an average moonshine after insisting on horseradish turns into a noble drink.


  • vodka (alcohol, moonshine) – 0.5 liters;
  • liquid honey – 1 teaspoon;
  • horseradish root – 7-10 cm;
  • lemon juice – 2 tablespoons (optional);
  • mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon (optional).

In the classic recipe, lemon juice and mustard are not used, but their addition softens the taste.

Horseradish recipe

1. Peel and grate the horseradish root.

2. Mix lemon juice, honey and mustard in a glass bottle or jar. Fill in the ground horseradish.

3. Add vodka (moonshine, diluted alcohol), close tightly, shake well several times.

4. Infuse in a warm, dark place for 4 days. Shake once a day.

5. Filter the resulting tincture through cheesecloth, then strain through a layer of cotton wool, pour into a glass container and seal. Homemade horseradish should have a slightly yellowish color and a pleasant fragrant aroma.

Shelf life away from direct sunlight in a sealed bottle – 2-3 years. The fortress is 36-38 degrees.

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How to drink horseradish

Serve the drink strongly chilled and drink in one gulp from small glasses. The taste of the tincture on horseradish is softer than its closest relative-pepper. The best appetizer for horseradish is considered to be meat dishes and jelly.

Another interesting feature is a strong increase in appetite. After drinking 20-30 ml of horseradish, a person is ready to eat everything that is on the table. This alcohol is perfect for the native Russian feasts, an integral attribute of which is a wide variety of hearty dishes.

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