Help Yourself to а Refreshment. Refreshing Summer Drinks
There is nothing better on a hot day than a refreshing cold drink. The thirst-alleviating and health-promoting properties of kvas have long been known. When served in a household, it symbolized prosperity and wealth. Try out this drink for its good taste, nutritional, and healing powers for your body. Today natural kvass is just as popular as before and its benefits are due to its rich composition.
It contains vitamins C, PP, E, B1, B2, carbohydrates, mono- and di-saccharides, proteins, organic acids, dietary fibers, etc. Doctors recommend to drink kvass to improve digestion, strengthen tooth enamel, treat cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders, vitamin deficiency, scurvy. In its effect on the body it is similar to dairy products and in a staple food in the menu for different diets.
In addition to kvass, beer is another desirable drink during hot days. Not only is it delicious, refreshment-bringing and thirst-alleviating, but also health promoting. But only if it is a high quality drink made with natural ingredients and without added alcohol.
Health benefits of beer were discovered as far back as in the Middle Ages. It was believed to facilitate physical development and growth, improve appetite and health in general. Beer was used as a remedy for kidney, respiratory, and skin diseases as well as insomnia and exhaustion. During the cholera outbreak beer was used as a preventive medicine. Later anti-cholera properties of beer were even scientifically proven. Robert Koch, a German microbiologist, proved that cholera pathogens die after application of beer.
No doubt that today’s beer differs from the Medieval one in its flavor, properties, and in the way it affects a human body, but it can still have positive effects. What do doctors and nutrition specialists say about beer?
- Beer is rich in vitamins B1 and B2. What is more, they are present in well-absorbable forms. Half a liter of this drink will provide you with 30% of a daily need in thiamine (vitamin B1) and riboflavin (vitamin B2).
- Beer also contains ascorbic acid which is added in order to prevent oxidation processes. Half a liter of beer will provide you with 35% of the recommended daily vitamin C intake. Furthermore, half a glass of beer is enough for a daily dose of nicotinic and folic acids.
- This foamy drink also contains citric acid, which stimulates urine production. This prevents kidney stones formation.
- Beer is rich in potassium and contains little sodium, so even those who suffer from hypertension and should watch their salt intake can drink it.
- Beer, similar to orange juice, contains a lot of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, ferrum, copper, and zink – substances which are indispensable elements of a healthy human body.
- But the most valuable beer components are phenol compounds. They prevent blood clot formation and normalize lipid exchange, which means that they protect us from a heart attack and stroke.
- Carbon dioxide, which is also a beer component, stimulates gastric acid secretion and blood circulation in lungs, kidneys, liver, and muscles. Also, because of carbon dioxide we don’t drink it down with one breath and this prevents us from quick intoxication.
- Hops contained in beer have a sedative and sleeping effect, as well as antibacterial properties.
- Beer preserves the elasticity of joints and bone density owing to silicon, which is contained in it in a highly-digestible form.
Even though it has a lot of beneficial properties, please do remember that beer is still an alcoholic beverage and thus can harm your health. The question remains: to drink or not to drink? Drink! But remember that a safe amount of this drink is half a liter a day, whereas a reasonable maximum is one liter. Obviously, choose your beer carefully, giving preference to a high quality fresh drink.
Korchma serves its specialty light beer Taras Bulba, and also different types of draft and bottled beer among which are light, dark, or unfiltered. Here you can choose beer to your liking that was brewed in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, or Germany. For those who abstain from alcohol, our menu also includes alcohol-free beer and a great kvass – home-made and with a honey-lemon flavor.
There exists a whole art of pairing beer with snacks. Beer sommeliers give tips on which snacks match certain types of beer best so that one could taste the real flavor of the drink and enhance it with food. There are two main styles of pairing beer and snacks. One of the styles suggests that the flavor of food should be enhanced by beer. According to this style, spicy food goes well with bitter beer, chocolate with dark beer. Another style is based on the assumption that food should contrast beer, so bitter beer should be served with sweet desserts, sweet beer with spicy dishes. Besides, beer can be neutral so as not to interfere with the flavor of food. Any of the pairings can be good and unusual for different occasions, but all of them are worth trying.
For example, light beer goes well with salads, snacks, fish and seafood. The flavor of wheat beer can be highlighted by fruit dishes, various salads and desserts that contain such spices as clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A quite interesting flavor is stout – a dark and strong style of draft beer, made with roasted barleycorn and caramelized malt. It has a delicate creamy flavor with a hint of warm roasted malt. It goes particularly well with chicken and barbecue, as well as with chocolate and coffee desserts.
Among food that matches any style of beer is fish, seafood, salty snacks, chicken wings, potato or vegetable chips. Beer flavors are perfectly highlighted by cheese. Due to the great variety of flavors and structures, cheese sends your imagination on a gastronomic trip. A seemingly simple drink like beer, when paired successfully and creatively with side dishes, is able to surprise even the most savvy foodie.