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Spotykach at home – a classic recipe

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Spotykach is a Ukrainian version of liqueur made from berries and (or) fruits on strong alcohol. From similar tinctures, liqueurs and liqueurs, the drink is distinguished by the heat treatment of raw materials during cooking and the introduction of an alcoholic base into the hot brew. The strength of the spotykach is 16-22% by volume, the sugar content is 18-25%. The classic recipe is easy to reproduce at home.

Historical background

The first written mention of spotykach dates back to the XVIII century. Usually women were engaged in the production – one hostess could have more than 10 types of drink. Because of its high sweetness, spotykach was considered a ladies ‘ liquor.

During the Soviet era, several factories produced spotykach and even exported it, but the drink never really became popular. In the assortment of modern alcohol companies, there is also a similar alcohol.

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The liqueur was recognized thanks to the Cossack on the label
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For some reason, the export label indicated that it was a Russian liqueur
Stumble is named because of the effect that occurs when it is consumed – even after decent doses, the mind remains clear, the person understands everything and can maintain a conversation, but there are problems with coordination of movements – when trying to get up and walk, most “tasters” stumble.

How to make a stumble

Traditional raw materials for cooking spotykacha: cherries, plums, black currants, raspberries, strawberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, cranberries, mountain ash and grapes. In fact, everything that grows in Ukrainian gardens.

You can also make a stumble by mixing different berries and fruits in one drink, but it is important to choose the right combinations and proportions so that the raw materials do not interrupt the taste and aroma of each other. Popular options: cherry and blackcurrant (2:1), raspberry and blueberry (2:1), black and redcurrant (2:1), apricot and peach (1:1), cherry and gooseberry (2:1), white currant and strawberry (1:1).


  • berries and fruits (one type or a mixture) – 1 kg;
  • vodka (alcohol 40-45%, moonshine) – 0.75 liters;
  • sugar – 300-450 grams (to taste);
  • water – 0.5 liters.

Bones from cherries, plums and other fruits can not be removed, heat treatment and a relatively large amount of sugar neutralize the effect of prussic acid and other harmful substances.

As an alcoholic base, store – bought vodka, diluted with water to 40-45% ethyl alcohol or well-purified odorless moonshine is suitable-preferably fruit or neutral sugar, but not grain.

The amount of sugar depends on the initial sweetness of the berries and personal preferences. The optimal solution is to add 200-250 grams during cooking, and add the rest of the sugar to taste in the finished spotykach.

Classic stumblebee recipe

1. Put the washed berries (fruits) in a cooking pot, add water and sugar (half of the amount specified in the recipe).

2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. After boiling, reduce the heating power to a minimum. Cook for 20-30 minutes without a lid, until the skin on the shriveled fruits begins to burst.

3. Add an alcoholic base directly to the berry mixture – vodka, alcohol or moonshine. Stir, bring to a boil, immediately remove from heat and cover with a lid.

Attention! Alcohol is a flammable, highly flammable liquid, so you need to add alcohol carefully. For safety reasons, it is better to remove the pan from the stove, pour in the alcohol, then put it back on the fire.

4. Cool the future spotykach to room temperature, together with the berries and fruits pour into a container for infusing (glass jar), hermetically close. If the sweetness of the drink does not suit, first add sugar to taste and mix.

5. Infuse for 10-14 days in a dark place with room temperature. Shake once every 2-3 days.

6. Strain the liqueur through cheesecloth, squeeze the fruit dry. If desired, the drink can be filtered through cotton wool or a coffee filter. Thanks to this departure from the classic recipe, the spotykach will become transparent, but the taste will not change.

7. Try again, if desired, sweeten with sugar. Pour into storage bottles, seal tightly. Leave for at least 2-3 days (preferably for a couple of weeks) in a dark, cool place to stabilize the taste.

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Cherry and blueberry tripe
If stored in the refrigerator or in the basement, the shelf life of the home tripper is up to 3 years. Strength – 16-20% vol.

P.S. Some researchers believe that in addition to berry spotykach, a spicy version with spices was prepared using the same technology, even ” old ” recipes are given. It remains unclear where the Ukrainian peasants of the XVIII century got nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, vanilla and other ingredients. In those days, the villagers could only make mint spotykach: 100 grams of fresh mint, 1 liter of alcoholic base, 2 cups of sugar and water.

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