5 Vodka Myths that every myth buster should be armed with

Here is how to say Cheers in different regions of the world

Drinking has always been associated with social order and trust, and thus from the most cultured to the savage, every kind of people have their own drinking rituals, ranging from fascinating to weird. But before delving deep into rituals. First things first.

Here is how to say Cheers! around the world

In Span say ¡Salud!

In Italy say Cin cin! ( do not say that in Japan, that would mean a male genital in Japanese )

In France it would be Santé !

In Germany celebrate with a Prost!

In Scandinavia it is Skål! ( although a skohl translates to a bowl, it also meand a Skull, reminding one of the old way of drinking from the Skull of a fallen enemy )

In Russia kiss your drinking partner and drink chilled Vodka by saying За здоровье!, which would mean "To your heart's content and is pronounced as na zdorovie!. Although in anglophone world, this salutation is more commonly attributed as the Russian way of saying Cheers, the more regularly used is Будем здоровы! ( BOOdym zdaROvy) meaning to our health.

While in Turkey,, say ?erefe!

In Portugal say Saúde!

Finally, while in Japan say Kampai! with a lot of respect

and in Korea say Geonbae which translates to Bottoms Up, with an intention to empty the glass of soju after the formal toast following customs of an informal hoesik with elders or bosses.

Cheer however you may, drink responsibly :)


It is a well accepted fact that vodka is the most preferred poison for the elite and the common man alike.


Vodka drinkers are spread all around the world and thus the myths surrounding vodka are a never ending urban lore.






Next time you go out into the city, to enjoy an evening with friends or head to a posh party, you can bust a few myths surrounding vodka and prove yourself to be vodka educated.

Come let's bust a few myths together.


The Most Disrespectful of all, Myth Number One


Vodka is a pure, distilled spirit with a 40% proof alcohol mixed with pure water, and thus, it doesn't matter whichever Vodka you use in your cocktail, it won't make a difference.

But, the truth is that Vodka with a higher proof alcohol has a different taste compared to a vodka with a lower proof alcohol. It is better to use a lower proof alcohol based vodka in your cocktails since they taste much softer and neutral and would not add any taste whatsoever to your cocktail.








Even more disrespectful! That Vodka has no character! Myth Number Two


All Vodka are the same. Yes, Vodka by definition is a neutral spirit, which has no special character like taste or odour, but that's not quite true!


There are Vodka that have been fermented, distilled and bottled in Poland and there are vodka that are fermented distills and bottled in Russia. Even more variants are being produced in other European countries like Sweden and some famous brands are from America too.



There are Vodka that are made from the winter planted wheat of the Siberia and cut with well water of cold Siberia, then there are vodka created in Poland from potato, distilled through silver and then cut with well water. And, they both taste different.

Tasters and connoisseurs regularly identify different vodka by the nose and the end notes, and each leave a different taste in the mouth ranging from vanilla to oyster water.







It's all Russian! Well not exactly, here goes Myth Number Three


Although it is clearly embedded in our minds that vodka is of Russian origin, since the origin of the word Vodka is the Russian word Voda which means water, there is evidence that Vodka was being produced in Poland, in as early as the 7th century.

The first reference of the word Vodka as a drink in Russia is found in 14th century literature.








So Novice! that Vodka is made from potatoes! Myth Number Four


Russians love potatoes and so they make their Vodka from potatoes only, but that is barely the truth. Vodka can be made from any cereal, potatoes a very very late addition to the list of ingredients, each Vodka producing country have been using and potato hardly share a notable proportion of the choice of cereals and grains and vegetables used in producing vodka.






Vodka is a ladies drink! Myth Number 5


Vodka is a ladies drink well initially or traditionally it was considered to be a woman's drink but today Vodka is seen as a drink and is not limited to cocktails any more if you want to be the centre of a party drink vodka shots.





  • Any 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.

  • Simple Guide to Cocktail Glassware

    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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