Vodka is the go to drink for all, from the rich elite to the soldier, from the pub hopper to the farmer, Vodka is the most common poison of all.

Let’s check out a few interesting facts and have a knowledge of it’s history for posterity.

Vodka is a distilled liquor, clear, colourless, having no particular aroma or test.

Vodka ranges in alcohol content from 40% to 55%

Since flavouring substances are mostly eliminated during the process of distillation, it is highly neutral and has recently been the most preferred liquor for Cocktail drinks.

Traditionally, Vodka can be made from a mash of the cheapest, most readily available raw materials that are suitable for fermentation. While cereal grains are usually employed in Russia and Poland, potatoes have been used later on in other vodka producing countries.

The most accepted origin of the name Vodka is its root in the Russian word for water, which is “Voda”, although it is still a matter of debate. Some claim it originated in Poland or Russia in around 8th or 9th century, regardless of its origin, a liquor named Vodka has been evidently present in Russia during the 14th century.

Origin Myth or History of Origin?

Vodka was popular mainly in Russia and Poland and the Balkan States,until after the World War Ii, when consumption began to rise rapidly in the United States and the rest of Europe.

Common Use

Most producers of Vodka purchase previously distilled and purified neutral spirits that are extremely high in alcoholic content with almost no flavouring substances remaining, and then they are additionally purified by a filtration process, usually using charcoal and then are reduced in strength with distilled water and bottled without ageing.

Regional Variance

Vodka in Russia is usually 40% by volume (80 proof in US standard) while 45% is more common in Poland.

“Traditionally, Vodka is usually consumed unmixed and chilled in small glasses and accompanied by appetizers. “

outside Russia and Poland, in other countries, it is popular for use in mixed drinks. the world’s bartenders and inn keepers favour Vodka over other liquors in preparing mixed drinks because it can be combined with other beverages without imparting flavour to the mix, and it can substitute any other liquor in a Cocktail where the particular flavour of the liquor is not important to the mix, a good example is, that, Vodka regularly replaces Gin in a Martini.

Vodka Trivia

Vodka is traditionally Medicinal

Vodka drinking in moderations, helps in keeping your arteries healthy, this spirit can also prevent heart disease by stimulating free flow of blood in the arteries. Vodka can control high fevers, stress and it is also known to help in hair growth.

It doesn’t last forever.

Unlike whisky, Vodka does not last forever. An usual bottle of vodka should be consumed within twelve months of opening. Of course you can still drink it after a year, but the Vodka will be weaker and different in taste.

Vodka is incredibly pure.

It is true, Vodka is absolutely pure. Vodka has no sodium, yeast, carbohydrates, fasts or cholesterols, it simply is a pure mixture of water and ethanol. Vodka is one of the purest man-made drink in existence, so, if you want to have a drink and stay healthy Vodka is your poison.

It is a super cleaner

Yes, Vodka can eliminate odor, can be used in restoration of chrome, to clean glasses and windows.
It is a good disinfectant too, pour some Vodka into a spray bottle and you’ll have a natural cleaner for all surfaces without the residual soap scum, our stains from other cleaners. It can be used to remove stains, soap scum, grease and oil residue.

Which Cocktails to Shake and which ones to Stir?

Shaking or Stirring depends on the level of dilution and texture the cocktail requires.
As a rule of thumb, cocktails made with spirits, tonics and bitters should be stirred and stirring results in a smooth mouth feel with precise dilution of the spirits and liqueurs without melting the ice too much or making the cocktail cold and bland.
While cocktails that feature fruit juices, egg whites, cream or cream based liqueurs, should be shaken. Shaking in a cocktail shaker with ice beats it into a smooth texture before straining into a glass.

  • Simple Guide to Cocktail Glasswareany-glass

    When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
    Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
    A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
    B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
    C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
    D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
    E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
    F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
    G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
    H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
    I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
    J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.

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