The famous Riga Black Balsam
Even Goethe considered him the elixir of youth and sang in his "Faust." He was revered by many global policies of the past, including present-day fans - the British royal family. He is considered one of the business cards Latvia. All these praises of him - Riga balsam, strength of 45 degrees and a recognizable ceramic bottle.
Riga balsam dates back to the 18th century. Initially, this drink was not unique - while on the various infusions of medicinal herbs were quite traditional remedy for many diseases, and in the same Riga made a lot of variations of this strong "medicine". In the course of history intervened Empress Catherine the Great - a miracle balm local pharmacist Abraham Kunze, who healed her from colic during a visit to Riga, received the first good publicity, and then the state support. The current Riga balm three times stronger than its predecessor. Despite this, there are also some things in common, as then, the recipe for this elixir is now kept in strict confidence. About modern balm is known that in its composition is present exactly 24 ingredients, but their exact list and proportions known only favorites. About the manufacturing of beverage technology and little is known. The balm is matured in special oak barrels, which brings in its bouquet of pleasant bitter taste. The resulting drink is bottled at the original ceramic bottles, which are made from a special clay. This is done not by accident: ceramics perfectly preserves the healing properties of the miracle balm. Each bottle is sealed with an oak lid. Alcohol - 45%, no more and no less. Riga balsam rarely drink alone. Most often it is used in cocktails or in duet with tea or coffee. In Latvia, this black, viscous and very aromatic drink is usually served with coffee in small wine glasses. It can also be easily added to tea: just one teaspoon per cup, plus sugar to taste and, if desired, a lemon drop. Such a tea party and remove stress, and mood will lift. However, the home of the Riga balm as soon not experiment with its use: Letts add it to the beer, interfere with champagne, coca-cola, ice cream and even with tomato juice! There is also a corporate cocktail recipe Riga. It is necessary to mix the juice of black currant with balm in a ratio of 1: 2, a little warm up and enjoy a mixture of originality of its taste and aroma. Benefit Riga balsam is quite difficult to overstate - it is really good for the body, which confirms the considerable number of different awards and rave reviews from the people. It is drunk for colds, loss of strength, as a preventive measure, they lubricate sore spots for rheumatism. While in Riga, do not miss the opportunity to try this wonder-balm - for the benefit of the body and for the soul!