Beer, Mineral Water, Juice (sok), Coca-Cola, Pepsi, fruit punch (Limonad) are sold everywhere including shops called Mineral Water (Mineralnye Vody), Fruit Juice & Water (Soki-Vody), and Fruit Juice (Soki-Frukty). In St. Petersburg, some have been taken over by a chain of stores called "Germes" which sells drinks and snacks.
Pepsi and Coca Cola softdrink companies are battling for the Russian market, and both have opened major bottling facilities in St. Petersburg. Imported soft drinks and other "western" soft drinks (many of dubious lineage) have flooded the kiosks and food stores. This has driven many domestic beverages out of the shops including juices (soki), (salty) mineral water (mineralnaya voda) and "Kvas". Kvas is a traditional lightly fermented drink made from rye bread and raisins, once sold from tank trailers on every street corner. Now two beverage manufacturers," Polyustrovo" and "Bavariya", have begun to bottle kvas in 0.33 l bottles. Factory n.a. Razin, also produces kvas on draught. See BEER.
Coffee (kofe) and especially tea (chay) are very popular in Russia. Russian tea is traditionally from India but has been slightly more "fermented" to give it a very strong distinct tea taste. Tea is typically prepared very strong in a small tea pot and then diluted with hot water and lots of sugar. The famous function of "samovar" is to keep the water hot in the tank and the tea kettle on top, hot, too. Tea is offen served with lemon or a dollop of homemade jam.
Coffee (kofe) is also popular especially in the morning. Traditionally, it is prepared by boiling ground coffee in a small pot and then carefully pouring the coffee into the cup. Not quite filtered! Turkish coffee, complete with grounds, is, also served frequently. To avoid sipping on "mud," the secret is simply to let the grounds settle for a while.
Soft drinks are widely available in food stores, supermarkets, kiosks. Large quantities (e.g. for offices) can be purchased directly from the bottling plant. Imported soft drink containers are not usually recycled, domestic juice and beer bottles usually are recycled.
Domestic and imported bottled water is available in plastic bottles from 1/2 liter to 40 liter bottles for coolers. See WATER QUALITY & WATER PURIFIERS - BOTTLED WATER.