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How to Know Who Likes Vodka

Updated on July 27, 2017

Vodka, anyone?

Cheers
Cheers

Vodka is, many a bartender has observed, the choice of women and gays, mainly because of its low-calorie count. Which makes me envious, because I'm fat. It is also a good choice for someone who is being newly initiated into the world of alcohol. This is because Vodka is essentially neutral in taste, and it can be mixed with anything sweet, until it comes to resemble your daily breakfast juice with a kick. In 2013 the IWSR said Russian vodka ranks no. 1 in consumption globally with 4.44 billion litres drunk the year before.

Vodka is distilled to eliminate all esters or impurities until you are left with only pure alcohol. Some have compared its neutral taste to paint thinner. Others say it is more like the rubbing alcohol that you gently massage on a baby’s back. This may lead a pseudo psychologist to theorize that it results in an oxytocin rush, hence, its popularity. Uh, about the oxytocin, maybe not

Vodka looking cool
Vodka looking cool

Adding flavor to Vodka

The benefit of its neutral flavor is that newbie tipplers can add anything for flavor, including the old reliable slice of lime. Or, you can get a brand that is already flavored, such as Karlssons which is peppery and expensive, Gordon’s Cup with tones of lime, black pepper and cucumber, Grey Goose popularized by Chelsea Handler, to which you can add pineapple juice, Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Stolichnaya with strawberry rhubarb, Tito’s Handmade Vodka with ginger beer and lime, and Akvinta Vodka from Croatia with fresh apple cider, to name a few.

The thing about vodka is that the more expensive it is, it does not follow that the better it will be. Stolichnaya is cheap, but it has a smooth taste. Akvinta Vodka from Croatia is excellent. Titos Handmade Vodka goes well with martini.

Absolutely Vodka
Absolutely Vodka

Beginnings of Vodka

The earliest Vodka, (then called wodka), is Aqua vitae, which originated in Poland in the 15th century. But it was in Russia where the drink was grounded and flourished. There, the “w” became a “v”. Vodka in Russia means “little water”. It is a bran spirit fermented from grain mash of wheat or rye, distilled multiple times into spirit, and charcoal filtered for seminal purity. Some brands are made from potatoes or other agricultural produce with fermentable sugars. Vodka has never been oaked. It is a spirit of the purest alcohol.

Vat you Say?
Vat you Say?

Things a newbie should know about vodka

  1. More expensive brands do not mean that the vodka is better in quality. A lot of the less expensive but classic brands are commonly more satisfying.
  2. There is room in this world for Vodka and fruit juice. It may not be the classic bar cocktail, but as a frat party drink, it has its place.
  3. Vodka is wonderful when taken straight and frozen. You get that numb feeling, followed by the warmth in the mouth and throat.
  4. Vodka can go with any type of food, and is a good complement to meals. Caviar isn’t bad, either.

How Different People Have Experienced Vodka

We collated different experiences online that people have had with vodka, as so many people either love it or wonder why they don’t love it. There is no yes or no, right or wrong answer to the question. But here are some experiences culled online about people and vodka.

  1. “I don't love vodka. And I've never done a study on why people love vodka. But, as a one-time hardcore drunk with a lot of alcoholic friends, I can hazard some reasonably informed guesses:

Vodka (the unflavoured variety) is quite tasteless, so it blends well with pop, juices, and even Kool-Aid without altering the basic flavour. Historically, it's cheap to make and, of all the 40% alcohols, the low-end version is probably the least offensive to the palate. At 40% alcohol rate, it gets you drunk quite quickly (saving cash). People also subscribe to the myth that vodka can't be smelled on the breath, so that you can hide your drinking. I'm living proof that this is not true.”

~ Karen Opas, https://www.quora.com/Why-so-many-peope-love-vodka

Alcotec Vodka Type Spirit Kit 21% ABV 25 Litre High Alcohol Home Brew Moonshine

Alcotec Vodka Type Spirit Kit 21% ABV 25 Litre High Alcohol Home Brew Moonshine
Alcotec Vodka Type Spirit Kit 21% ABV 25 Litre High Alcohol Home Brew Moonshine

I'm grateful this handy kit ships to the Philippines. It works rather well, and I have made a passable glass of Vodka with it. My friend does it much better with this kit. Well, practice makes perfect.

 

Another Vodka Comment

  1. “What I like specifically about vodka is that I can drink it with almost any mixer, or if it is nice stuff like grey goose, then (it’s good) on its own with some ice and lime. It is used in loads of cocktails so is a very versatile spirit, is fairly strong so doesn't take too much to get you tipsy, and the flavour isn't too off putting when mixed so you can easily catch up (irresponsible I know) if you join the party late by just making your drinks a little bit stronger. It is probably the most popular spirit where I am, so if you go to the bar and forget someone's drink then most people wouldn't mind a vodka and lemonade/coke instead. It's also a fairly safe bet to bring to a party to share. I find sharing a bottle to be a bit more friendly than each buying your own and sticking to that all night (especially if you don't know the people that well). I can also judge how drunk I am fairly well with vodka, so I know when to slow down, drink water or stop and go home.”

~ James McPhee, https://www.quora.com/What-pleasure-do-people-get-from-drinking-Vodka

Other people's experiences with Vodka

  1. “Painfree drink.”

~ Gueirguiy, https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=564750

2. “Vodka drinkers are big on trends; whiskey drinkers have their own classic style. Vodka drinkers believe in the afterlife; whiskey drinkers know there is only death. Vodka drinkers are a breath of fresh air; whiskey drinkers are old-world charm.”

~ Gigi Engle, https://elitedaily.com/women/vodka-whiskey-drink-choice-reflects-woman/945208/

3. “The girls who drink vodka don’t care about what you think of them. These girls are members of a pride; their fellow lionesses surround them and create a barrier that is impenetrable to any scrutiny. Cloaked in black and glitter, they toss their rainbow hair and raise their hands high in perfect synchrony with the music. They dance without vodka, and they dance harder with it.”

~ De Elizabeth, http://thoughtcatalog.com/de-elizabeth/2015/02/for-the-girls-who-drink-vodka/


Would you have any experiences you'd like to share about drinking Vodka? Please do in the comments section. Even if you haven't tried it yet, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 9 days ago from Philippines

      Hi DDE, great to see you here again. Yah, Vodka does, undeniably have its charms:). Although wine is healthier but we gotta live a little sometimes, right?

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 12 days ago from Philippines

      Hi Besarien, I think your husband is very funny:). But yes, the nice thing about vodka is you can control how you want it to taste. Sam Smith Chocolate Stout sounds fantastic, must look that up, as well as Woop Woop Shiraz. It has been very nice learning about options where drinking is concerned, and I'm delighted that you came to visit.

      Hi Devika, yes, vodka is a good alternative to wine although the latter is admittedly healthier. Still, there's always that vodka in the supermarket which can be quite tempting:).

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      Devika Primić 12 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I had vodka twice in my life and would like to drink vodka instead of wine.

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      Besarien 2 weeks ago

      Great hub, Mona! I really enjoyed learning about the history of vodka! I enjoy a dry vodka martini, very light on the vermouth. My husband jokes that by very light, I mean that the two bottles once touched, side by side on the bar. I like a twist or an olive but never an onion. There is something so wrong about polluting good vodka with a soggy pickled onion.

      I like vodka right out of the freezer as well. I like to sip mine slowly rather than throw back a shot. I think I am a sipper by nature.

      I limit myself to one alcoholic beverage per day though. I usually spend that perk on a nice inexpensive red wine like Woop Woop Shiraz or a Sam Smith Chocolate Stout. Every so often I just crave either vodka (I like Grey Goose too) on one end of the spectrum or when I want to go to flavor town a single finger of Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch. Hold the eggnog. Laphroaig is my all-time favorite sitting-in-front-of-the-fireplace-in-deepest-winter indulgence.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 6 weeks ago from Philippines

      Hi Louise, delighted to meet you here on Hub Pages:). Yes, there are home brewing kits but I've learned it's not just the kit, but the vodka maker. It should come as no surprise to me, since I can't cook, why should I suddenly be able to make vodka? My skill level is euphemistically speaking, highly challenged. I ramble.

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      Louise Powles 6 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      I love vodka, but don't drink it all that often. I had no idea it had such a history to it. I also didn't know you could get your own home brewing kit. That's interesting!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 6 weeks ago from Philippines

      Thanks Jo:). I am most grateful to you for your kind words:)

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      Jo Miller 7 weeks ago from Tennessee

      This article is interesting in so many ways, even though I'm not an great drinker. It's wine mostly for me when I do drink. You did a great job.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 7 weeks ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Ms. Dora:). I think drinking is a past time for younger people. But Vodka seems to be a spirit with quite a personality.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the explanations on the makeup and uses of vodka. Nothing interests me enough to want to try it. Just shows how different we human beings are. Always appreciate your research.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 8 weeks ago from Philippines

      It must be sweet if made from sugarcane:). Vodka seems to have the most inclusive personality of all spirits, lol:)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 8 weeks ago from Philippines

      Neither did I, until we got it as a gift from a dear friend. I must say, though, I still have to improve in my Vodka making skills.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA

      I rarely drink, but when I do I love rum. However, I was very interested in a his article and learned a lot. You did a nice job with this. I didn't know they sold kits on Amazon.

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      Mary Wickison 8 weeks ago from Brazil

      I don't drink but I have known many who do. Vodka seems to be one of the most popular among the young.

      Here in Brazil, they drink Cachaça which is made from sugarcane.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 8 weeks ago from Philippines

      Dear Eric, I have a secret to tell you. They sell this highly juiced Vodka at the supermarket, and that's where I get my stash. Not too dissimilar from breakfast juice, but still alcoholic:).

      Dear Mr. Bill, I am very glad that you ended your love affair with Vodka. Bev is so much better). HubPages beats nightclubbing and chickens release oxytocin in you, which is far more delightful that liquor. I would take chicken hugs over liqour in a nanosecond. For now, my oxytocin binge is settled with my dog:).

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      Eric Dierker 8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I truly cannot remember the last time a drank Vodka. Maybe 30 years ago. But this is very interesting and you did a great job writing it. Makes me wonder about choices folks make and why.

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      Bill Holland 8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      The title had me curious. I no longer drink, but when I did, I loved vodka. That is a love affair that we needed to end. :)