The Ukrainian specialty is horilka the local name for vodka with pepper. Other kinds of vodka are also quite popular - linden tilia, honey, birch, wheat. Prices range from $2 to $30 1â¬-20â¬ for 1L. Souvenir bottles are available for higher prices some bottles reach upwards of $50 (35â¬/0.5L). There is a great choice of wine, both domestic and imported. The domestic wines mostly originate in the south, in the Crimean region - known for wine making dating back to early Greek settlement over 2,000 years ago, although wines from the Carpathian region of Uzhorod are also quite tasty. Ukraine is also famous for it's red sparkling wines. Prices for local wine range between $2 to $50 2â¬-35â¬ per bottle of 0.75L avoid the cheapest wines, $1 or less, as these are sometimes bottled as house wines but sold as local vintages, however, one can find genuine Italian, French, Australian wines from $50 per bottle and more in big supermarkets and most restaurants. The price of imported wines dropped significantly over the last number of years and trends indicate further reductions in price.
There are a lot of beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Ukrainian beer is of very good quality. Beer from barrels or kegs more common in cafes is often watered down. Canned beer is not very common in Ukraine and sometimes not of the same quality as the same variety sold in bottles. The best beers are brewed by Lvivske, Obolon and PPB Persha Privatna Brovarnia. Imported beers are also widely available but more expensive â for instance, a bottle of Austrian Edelweiss can cost upwards of $2 US while average price of Ukrainian beer is $0.50 US. All told, Ukrainian beers are very tasty and gaining popularity elsewhere in Europe.
Of non-alcoholic beverages, one should try kvas â a typically slavic drink made of rye or wheat. During the summer one can easily buy it from designated street vendors. Itâs better to buy it in bottles due of unknown cleanness of the barrel. Milk drinks, of all sorts, are also available, although mostly in supermarkets. Bottles of mineral water are available everywhere, as well as lemonades, beer, and strong drinks. When seeking to buy bottled water make sure to ask for "voda bez hazu" water without gas otherwise you are likely to be handed the carbonated drink.
Never buy vodka or konjak the local name for brandy except from supermarkets or liquor stores as there are many fakes. Every year a few die or go blind as a result of poisoning from methyl alcohol, a compound used to make fake vodkas.
In Ukraine it's possible to buy Cognacs from other former Soviet republics. The Moldavian and Armenian cognacs are quite good and not expensive.