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Original idea and meme by :iconwikime:

its for the group hetalia cup collab, i'm in charge for Latvia X3, i really had fun doing this ~~ XD.

The national drink for latvia is Rigas Melnais Balzams but the name is kinda blizzare, and i'm not familiar with the drink plus it a black dark syrup which is kinda gloomy...... another drink is alcohol but i don't think its appropriate for Latvia eventhough i know he can drink lol

so i decided to a do a traditional popular health drink in Latvia which is Kefir (cultured milk something like milk but much thicker like yogurt). i think it suits him XD, and i add a touch of strawberry and a mint leaf (the picture i google shows a leaf in the drink which i think looks like mint) 8D
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MoeAngelChimera Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
(I had some because one of my childhood friends had some Russian blood. She also owned some Russian Harry Potter books.)
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MoeAngelChimera Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
Kefir...is...

...SO GOOOOD. O.O
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NickyDeNedi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny.... Kefir originated in Russia..... which makes me think naughty thoughts..... :iconsexyrussiaplz:
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AstralTampons Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like hetalia butt

I love strawberry kefir it's so delicious. <3
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JuzefaWingedCat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, im from Latvia so I'll clear some stuff up.
1)Rigas melnais balzāms is not the national drink, it's more like one of the sucsefful alchol brands, that gets widely exportet. It tastes bitter sweet with a soft and spicy touch and is quite strong and has a thick consistence. It is realy liked by tourists as they start wondering that it is sometimes sold in clay bottles (and glass as well) In smal dozes it's often considered to be healthy, by some folk
2)The explanation of the long name: Rīgas (the capital of Latvia where it is manufactured) Melnais (meaning-black, for it's dark ember color) Balzams (the name of a thick liquid)
3)We don't raly have a national drink, but I name some that could be as well considered national:
         a) ''Bērzu sula'' (birch tree juice/sap witch is drained from birch trees in spring, not for sale as it can be hold up max a few days)
         b) ''kefīrs'' (kefir,like in your drawing) altrought it's hard for me to immagine it with starwberries 0_0 newer seen that before and now I am currious to try it out XD
         c)''piens''-milk, it's classic
         d) ''kvass''- it's an unalcoholc (only 0.05% - 1.0% alcohol)
drink with a dark, also emberlike color. It can be very sweet or bitter (many sorts) taste. As it's made from malt, it is carbonated and foamy.
        e)also various kinds of tea (''tēja'') that one can drink to cure sicness or for health..etc, like caraway-seed tea -''ķimeņu tēja'';
wormwood tea ; camomile tea- ''kumelīšu tēja'' and lime/linden tree flower tea -''liepziedu tēja''

Hope this helps out better to understand my country and I am sure ir will be helpfull for you'r Hetalia club ^^
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow~! Thank you so much for taking ur time to explain so much. I really love it since i don't really know what my country's national drink is..maybe its "teh Tarik" or people call it milk tea. Anyway they all sounds delicious and i really hope i get to try them especially Kefirs when i visit Latvia one day :). Yup u should try the Kefirs with strawberry. some people told me they taste great ^_^
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AnitaCry Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Ahah,yaaay I live in Latvia and I'm so glad to see this! Also,kefīrs is really tasty here :)
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice~ I'm glad. Haha i've been hearing Latvians saying that ever since i drew this. I really want to drink it now cause you all make it sound like heaven in a cup.
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sutoroberikurimu Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Artist
I LOVE STRAWBERRIES DAMMIT!!! (my user ID as you can see is a Romaji transliteration of "Strawberry Cream")
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol me too ^_^. I see i see, lovely name :)
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Ze-Awesome-Prussian Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
D'aww, this is so adorable~
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:iconroxantrinity:
RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much~!! ^_^
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Ze-Awesome-Prussian Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
You're welcome (:
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Ze-Awesome-Prussian Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
You're welcome (:
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Kumi-Yumi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like kefir...especially if it's blueberry kefir...strawberry is good too, sometimes...~ C:
I think everyone in Russia knows about kefir as well, at least my family buys it a lot. We use it in recipes sometimes, to make blini (those thin russian pancakes...i think its equivalent is crepes or something to that extent).
Personally though, I don't really like the original/plain kefir...it's too sourish for me...
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow sounds really yummy~! i wanna try it one day when i visit ur country ^_^/.
Sweet! new recipe to try out. I never heard of Kefir before i did this collab so i kinda imagine it like yogurt. 8D
I see, everybody has their own personal taste, like me too i don't like any original/plain drinks. I prefer if they have a hint of fruit like blueberry,strawberry and grapes ^_^
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Kumi-Yumi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It is yummy C:
Kefir is kind of like yogurt...the thickness is sorta the same but it flows easier.
Same here, the only thing I like plain is water, but in restaurants, if they give me a lemon, I add it in~
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol sounds divine. u are making me jealous XD
Wow wow, a texture between yogurt and juice, now thats what i call tasty.
haha i can't survive without water (duh). O the restaurants in our country here hardly give lemons with our water ^_^, unless u request for it or the restaurant is high class 8D
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Kumi-Yumi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It is divine~ Yeah, water is definitely a necessity, that's for sure. I only really go out to this one japanese habachi/sushi restaurant, my family goes there for birthdays and celebrations. They aren't really high class, but their food is really yummy. (=^.^=) It's making me hungry just thinking about the giant sushi rolls~
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gawd you make me drool just telling me about it. Lol can't live without that. OO i see, thats a nice tradition. last time my family used to go to Pizza Hut for family celebration XD Haha u make me wanna eat sushi now TTvTT
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Kumi-Yumi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hahaha (=^.^=') Sorry~
I like pizza, pizza is good C:
Sushi is good, but there are some I don't really like some of them >.> But the rest are good c:
I've never been able to eat more than four or five pieces of sushi, it's really filling~ I just take it home and eat it for lunch C:
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah don't be. XD
Haha i know right!~ One day i will go to the land where pizza originated and taste the ultimate pizza! Italy~!!
Yup i like some of them too like the tamago and octopus ones but i don't really like the one with the raw fish. i don't really like raw food even for veggies 8D
Hahaha i just stuff my face cause its not everyday i get to eat them. plus they go bad fast TTvTT. I need to eat sushi when i get back XD
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flyingmintscones Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So incredibly cute~!!!!!! <3
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!~ TTvTT
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flyingmintscones Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome <3
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libraxbunny Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awwwwwwwwwww!!!! latvia is to adorable for words!!!
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you~!!~~ :heart:
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Person136 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
This gave me a huge boner! Totally gonna wank to this, Latvia is adorable!
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol XD, i dunno how to react to that. But i know right, Latvia is so cute :)
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Person136 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Very cute indeed! Thanks for the reply!
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Goldenfeatherkid Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Cool pic, but... strawberrey? With kefir? Oh-god. That makes me shiver. I hate kefir alone, not even gonna start about strawberry (super sweet) plus kefir (bittersour) equels in EEEWWW!

About Rīgas Melnais Balzams, I mean, you coulda shorten the name to Melnais Balzams or Balzams. But that's okay. I'mma latvian and I've never tasted that drink.

Though, my father, mother, brother and blah love kefir. I don't know anyone in latvia who doesn't know kefir.

So, yea', you did some good research on that.
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, nice description. I can roughly picture how strawberry kefir taste like now :).
Oh i didn't know, cause i don't understand what Rigas Melnais Balzams means so i'm scared if i shorten it it will mean something else so i just keep the actual name 8D
Thank you so much! :hug: i really appreciate it since someone saw the research effort i made TTvTT
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Goldenfeatherkid Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Yea', actually, kefir would more describe Latvia. I thought that everycountry has it, but looks like I'm mistaken - I'm so used to the bittersour drink. Everybody in our country knows what kefir looks and tastes like, but, for example, I have never tasted Rīgas Melnais Balzams.

Also, again a note about that Balzam - Rīga[largest/capital city] Melnais[the black] Balzams [balm, balsam, dunno.] So, I guess you could throw first name off, Melnais Balzams preferably.

But again, I'm glad you didn't. I have no idea why Lv has that drink as a national drink, if there are some others which describe it much better.

So again, I was really surprised that you decided to go for this, and added a nice touch. At first I thought it was strawberry milkshake, xD or yoghurt. But the texture is really good - kefir is inbetween milk and yoghurt, it's consistance is something like... very flowy yohghurt, and you portrayed it well, although for me it seems a lil bit too thick, but, as I said,

I'm surprised for the work and effort you put in there.

But, I don't know, really, haven't you tasted kefir? I mean in Lv you can buy it in any shop [except street shops, where are only snickers].

Sorry for the long jabber.
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope i don't think every country has it lol. Like teh tarik, in my country its a very common drink and no one here doesn't know what that is. but i don't think u have heard of that drink, have u? its ok, is that drink for adults? it looks like alcohol.

i see, cool! i'm learning something.well it must be a really famous drink in the past to be a national drink right?

Thanks! XD i really appreciate the compliment. oo i'll keep that in mind then :) Nope,i never tasted Kefir before. I only heard of it when i was working on this collab. haha, sounds awesome, i would love to go into the first shop i see and try a kefir if i ever go to Latvia XD

Nope, i really enjoy the long jabber XD. in fact i should be thanking u for putting so much effort in the comment. i love to hear more about latvia since it sounds like a really nice country :)
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Saspraude Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Kefir is sour milk drink produced by fermenting milk with a special mushroom pure culture. :iconrainbowlatviaplz:
Very delicious with boiled peas.We (Latvians) usually eat boiled peas with kefir on Christmas day :iconstickplz::iconchibilatviaplz:
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, sounds delicious, if i ever been to latvia i'll be sure to try it. Nice tradition 83. i wish my family has that kind of traditional event where we eat something special on certain days X3
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Saspraude Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
you can initiate this idea in your family. It would be very unusual and interesting at the same time.:iconhappyswissplz:
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my family is not the type that will adapt to a new tradition XD, thats why i can't wait to go to other countries and experience their culture :)
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RaukoArmeGaur Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Raivis looks soo amazing.!
Kefir is a good thing, but with strawberry?
Oh, well...
I'm leaving for the shop to buy some kefir and try this recepie, do you need something?
:D
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much ~! X3. well in google i saw some people put strawberry in it 8D
lol, go you.nope, i'm good to go. i don't know how to make it even with a recipe XD
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MaltaAPH Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
hold on tight !! XD soo cute ^^
do you do art requests or trades?
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks~!
sorry, my timetable is too hectic to do requests and trades at the moment but if i do i'll let u know on my journal k :)
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Haloconut Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Why is he scared of strawberry kefir? It's so good.
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RoxanTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think anyone who is gonna drown in something will get scared even if its good lol XD
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Haloconut Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist
But he could drink it all.
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AqualadFangirl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Aw, so cute!! <3 SWIM FOR YOUR LIFE!
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GADollCHa-Wii Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
oh i can hear Estonia screaming 'LAAAAAAATVIIIIAAA!!!' already~
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Blue-Demon-Hybrid Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
:giggle: Very cute. Poor Raivy~
I've had kefir and it's pretty good.
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Hallu-Positronium Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
*pushes Latvia down into the kefir*

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Embiefur Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this...
IS S CUTE!!!!!
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