Traditional Ceremonial Welcome Drink
You may well be offered the traditional aperitif Shugo de Rogische Beet (freshly brewed beetroot juice) by your host
Refusing this drink would cause untold offence and so the tradition is to raise your glass with the toast “Pernestuk congelna tundra” (roughly translated this means, “May you never be stuck frozen in the tundra”).
This will help to establish your relationship and build up trust.
This drink is reputed not only for its health giving properties but also when taken in high quantity for its hallucinogenic power and because red is seen as a symbol of passion and creativity