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What is Vodka?

Updated on July 19, 2016

The word "vodka" comes from the Russian Zhiznennia voda which means water of life. Vodka or wodka (meaning “little water") is a pure spirit and can be distilled from a number of sources, including potatoes and sugar cane. The spirit is then filtered through charcoal to remove any oils or traces of impurities and the resultant liquor is the perfect base for a cocktail. It adds the kick of alcohol without altering the flavour of the drink. Add vodka to lemonade and voila! you have alcoholic lemonade.

Vodka became popular in America in about 1946, when wartime rationing had created all kinds of shortages and drinkers grabbed whatever was available. Smirnoff vodka had been around as a rather unusual drink for some time, but nobody took it seriously until it was all they could get.

The most popular vodka based drinks is the Screwdriver, which consists of vodka and orange juice and said to have invented by construction workers who wanted to add excitement to their lunchtime drink of orange juice. A dash of vodka made the difference and a quick stir with a handy screwdriver got it properly mixed into the juice.

If you are a new bartender and you want to experiment, Vodka is the ideal drink to use. Whatever new flavor of mixer comes onto the market, you just add vodka and you’ve invented a new cocktail. Ideally vodka should be stored in the freezer and served almost painfully cold. Vodka lovers like to drink it neat, tossing back a small glass in a single gulp.

Making, serving and above all drinking, vodka should be fun....All you need is some basic equipment a few ingredient and a sense of adventure.... Try some . . .

The Q Martini

The James Bond series of books and films has spawned a number of popular drinks including this intriguing blue version of the Martini.

  • Ice cubes
  • Two parts vodka
  • A splash of blue Curacao
  • Half a part lime juice
  • A twist of lemon rind.

Place three ice cubes in a cocktail bar glass. Add the vodka, blue Curacao and lime juice.Stir until well blended and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve decorated with a twist of lemon rind.

"Shaken, not stirred"
"Shaken, not stirred"

Vodkatini

It is interesting to see what factors influence the popularity of a cocktail. The vodka martini must be one of the best known cocktails in the world today, just because the famous and fictitious James Bond, 007 has been drinking vodka martinis for over 40 years now.

  • Ice cubes
  • Two parts vodka (preferably from Russia)
  • One part dry vermouth
  • A twist of lemon rind.

Place about 5 ice cubes in a bar glass add the vodka and vermouth and stir well. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and decorate it with a twist of lemon rind.

Cherry Vodka

Vodka combines well with almost any fruit flavor as this pretty cocktail demonstrates

  • Crushed ice
  • Two parts chilled vodka
  • One part fresh lime juice
  • One part cherry liqueur
  • A maraschino cherry

Place three spoons of crushed ice in a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, lime juice and cherry liqueur and shake well. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Decorate with the cherry on cocktail stick

Banana Punch

Here a truly tropical drink which uses three kinds of fruit flavors to create a jungle taste.

  • Crushed ice
  • One part vodka
  • One part apricot brandy
  • The juice of half a lime
  • Soda water
  • A sliced banana
  • A sprig of fresh mint

Place a scoop of crushed ice in a cocktail shaker and add the vodka apricot brandy and lime juice. Shake well and strain into high ball glass. Top up with soda water and decorate with slices of banana and mint.

Vodka Gimlet

There are many versions of this classic drink. This is a basic version and I leave it to you to create your own personal variations.

  • ice cubes
  • two parts vodka
  • one part lime juice cordial
  • a teaspoon of sugar syrup
  • a slice of orange

Place three ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add the vodka, lime juice and sugar syrup. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Skyy Vodka

CHEERS . . .

  • Popular Brands of Vodka  - A quick reference list of different popular brands of vodka around the world.

  • How to Make a Bloody Mary - The Bloody Mary is probably the most popular and vodka-based cocktail in the world and there are many variations of this tempting drink.

  • Non Alcoholic Drinks - Different non alcoholic drink ideas for your party.

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    • deblipp profile image

      deblipp 

      7 years ago

      Interesting that "vodka" comes from "water of life" in Russian, because "whiskey" comes from "water of life" in Irish Gaelic!

    • infocity profile image

      infocity 

      9 years ago from United States

      2) Insect pissed over your arms? - Don't you worry, just put some vodka over it, your pain will vanish along with the vodka.

      3) If you ever got sting from a jelly fish while swimmimg - Again apply vodka to the place where the jelly fish stung you or use a vodka soaked plaster. Vodka acts as an disinfectant.

      4) To remove Bad foot odor, Wash your feet with vodka and you will feel lot better. Vodka will kill all odor causing bacteria from your feet.

      check out the other 15 uses of VODKA at::::

      http://expertscolumn.blogspot.com/2009/10/vodka-fo...

    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Okay, did my son contact you? lol He was just last night asking me what vodka was made from! Now I know. I'm passing this on. (He's a science buff and always has some sort of strange question that throws me off.) Thanks.

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