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  Vodka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The origins of vodka (and of its name) cannot be traced definitively, but it is believed to have originated in the grain-growing region that now embraces Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia.
In Russia, the first written usage of the word vodka in an official document in its modern meaning is dated by the decree of Empress Catherine I of June 8, 1751 that regulated the ownership of vodka distilleries.
Vodka may be distilled from any starch/sugar-rich plant matter; most vodka today is produced from grains such as sorghum, corn, rye or wheat.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vodka   (1571 words)

 Spirits: Vodka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
All Vodka comes out of the still as a clear, colorless spirit, but Vodka from a pot still (the same sort used for Cognac and Scotch whisky) will contain some of the delicate aromatics, congeners, and flavor elements of the crop from which it was produced.
Vodka (from the Russian word voda, meaning water) was originally used to describe grain distillates that were used for medicinal purposes.
Vodka production in Sweden, which dates from the 15th century, has its origins in the local gunpowder industry where high-proof spirit (originally called brännvin) was used as a component of fl powder for muskets.
www.tastings.com /spirits/vodka.html   (2056 words)

Vodka came to be a huge part of the Russian culture, as it was being distilled even before the word vodka came into general use.
The distilling techniques had significantly emerged in Russia from the 12th century, when they had to redistill the vodka mix to get rid of the fused oils that were used, to the 15th century, when distilling techniques were learned from foreigners, as honey now was used to improve the aroma and the flavor of vodka.
Currently, vodka is mainly distilled in Moscow under various companies like IDV, the owners of Smirnoff, and still serves as a comforter for Russians from some of the horrors of daily life.
www.ivodka.com /history.html   (739 words)

Just entering the vodka arena at the beginning of this year is the sudden appearance of an entirely new and different ultra-premium niche player from the tiny farm town of Benson, in the heart of western Minnesota's wheat country.
Vodka is the one spirit that everyone absolutely has to have on their bar.
Vodkas made from corn tend to be fairly neutral in taste; those made from wheat have a soft, smooth character, others carry hints of the fruit essences they contain.
www.beveragebusiness.com /bbcontent/art-arch/bradford0803.html   (10292 words)

 The New Yorker: From the Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This year's sales of vodka are expected to double those of last year, when Americans downed more of the stuff than they had in all previous years combined.
Vodka, it was said, is lethal, gives you exceptionally bad hangovers, and is made from moldly potatoes.
Vodka's big advantage lies in the fact that it virtually lacks taste, color, and odor, and so can be mixed with just about anything.
www.newyorker.com /archive/content?021216fr_archive01   (943 words)

 TED Case Study: Polish Vokda
Zubrowka vodka is perceived as a part of Polish history and culture and is also a representation of the cultural, historical and scientific significance of the primeval Bialowieza forest and the European bison which roam its lands.
The vodka's flavor is a result of the infusion of one or two kilograms of bison grass per one thousand liters of vodka.
A ban instituted on imports of spirits and unflavored vodkas introduced by Poland in 1991, was abolished by the WTO agreement on July 1, 1995.
www.american.edu /TED/polish-vodka.htm   (4501 words)

Vodka Kalashnikov is based on a select recipe approved by Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 Rifle.
It was the first vodka ever to be created by combining salt, sugar, vanillin and glycerin.
Created in the time-honored, classical tradition, this elite vodka is a supreme class of spirit, called “LUX”, distilled from a high-quality grain and specially prepared with a softened, thoroughly filtered water that is carefully cleansed of all impurities.
www.vodkakalashnikov.com /description.htm   (214 words)

 Vodka Wodka
Yet vodka is so much more than this; it is deeply embedded in the hearts and souls of the peoples of Poland, Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
They have each developed their own, infinitely characterful vodkas, not for an inexpensive road to alcoholic oblivion but as an inherent part of social life, to be sipped lovingly with the appropriate foods.
At Vodka Wodka we would seek to introduce the subtle pleasures of the world's classic vodkas to the uninitiated, and perhaps bring a little of the history and character that shaped these vodkas to the heart of Glasgow's West End.
www.vodkawodka.com   (176 words)

 Which vodka is the best? By Alex Abramovich
In fact, vodka's neutral taste does account for much of its appeal: It mixes equally well with tonic water and tomato juice, and it can be as crisp and corporate as James Bond's vodka martinis or as trashy as the "swamp waters" my local bartender mixes (made of vodka and Mountain Dew).
Vodka can be distilled in a good many ways, from a great many substances, including wheat, rye, beets, corn, potatoes, and sugar cane.
A few vodkas were recommended by friends in the know, others by bartenders who should have known better.
slate.com /Default.aspx?id=2106004   (2027 words)

Vodka was originally distilled in Russia and the little countries that eventually became tiles in the Soviet mosaic: Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia.
The critical date for vodka in the U.S. is 1934, the year an immigrant named Rudolph Kunett began distilling vodka in Connecticut with the licensed formula of a Russian family named Smirnoff.
Not surprisingly, the best foods for vodka are the intensely flavored, salty, and pungent snacks of Russia and Eastern Europe: Caviar, smoked salmon, pickled fish such as smelt and herring in dilled sour cream, and marinated eggplant.
www.privateclubs.com /archives/1998-may-june/wine_vodka.htm   (2669 words)

 Flavorless No More
The general rule is that vodkas costing $20 to $25 a bottle are premium, $25 and up super-premium.) In the late 1980s I visited the Absolut factory, in a particularly beautiful part of southern Sweden near Malmö.
None of this has much to do with the way the vodka is distilled, the quality of the ingredients, or whether it is what to my mind would actually merit a "super-premium" designation: something produced in small quantities under close supervision, using local ingredients.
The difference between the four flavored vodkas made by Hangar One, as they named their new brand, and others starts with the freshness of the fruit Coale and Rupf use, and the fact that they use it only in season.
www.theatlantic.com /doc/prem/200412/kummer   (2648 words)

 Vodka information
Vodka is a clear liquor manufactured from ethyl alcohol.
Vodka is the base ingredient for many cocktails, mixed drinks, and alcoholic products today.
Nowadays, Vodka is distilled from barley, wheat or rye.
www.drinksmixer.com /desc28.html   (108 words)

 VT DLC: Retail: Product Descriptions: Vodka
Belvedere vodka is blended with real fruit peel in a process called maceration to create a natural fusion between the rye vodka and the fruits essential oils.
Fresh-but not sweet-flavoring is derived from the essence and oils of white peaches distilled with Stolichnaya vodka.
Domestic premium vodka that uses a four-column distillation and triple filtration system to remove impurities and congeners (impurities that form during the fermentation process).
www.state.vt.us /dlc/retail/descriptions/vodka.html   (3336 words)

 Vodka barman: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Vodka barman is a popular and simple drinking game[Follow this hyperlink for a summary of this subject] for two or more players (usually more), EHandler: no quick summary.
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The object of the game for both players is to drink the water rather than the vodka: the barman must deceive the customer by whatever verbal means possible into believing the vodka glass to contain the water.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/v/vo/vodka_barman.htm   (836 words)

 Vodka Rocks! - Forbes.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For centuries it was nothing more than rotgut moonshine, the tipple of Russian and Polish peasants who used it to fortify themselves against the chill of northern European winters and to alleviate the awfulness of their grim lives.
Vodka accounts for 25% of the distilled spirits sold in the U.S., and according to the Distilled Spirits Council, while overall vodka sales have risen by a relatively modest 15% over the last four years, sales of super-premium brands have increased by 32% in the same period, to 41.4 million cases in 2003.
Today there are dozens of vodka brands on the market, many of them distilled from a variety of countries such as Japan, France, Estonia, Ireland and Russia, and new ones appear with regularity.
www.forbes.com /lifestyle/2004/07/28/cx_np_0728feat.html?partner=netscape   (1158 words)

 Allrecipes | Cook's Encyclopedia | vodka
Today's vodka, which is almost odorless and tasteless, may be made from other ingredients such as corn, wheat or rye.
Vodka is integral to many COCKTAILS such as the SCREWDRIVER, BLOODY MARY and vodka MARTINI.
Flavored vodkas have become popular in the United States and may be flavored with anything from fruits to hot peppers.
allrecipes.com /advice/ref/ency/terms/9061.asp   (110 words)

 Boru Vodka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Boru Vodka was named after Brian Boru, the first high King of Ireland.
Boru Vodka is quadruple distilled for smoothness and clarity.
Boru Vodka is 40% ABV and is available in four sizes: 1.75l, 1 liter, 750ml and 50ml.
www.greatspirits.com /brands/boru.php   (109 words)

 CNN.com - Russia's favorite drink turns 500 - Oct. 10, 2003
Vodka celebrates 500 years as a key part of the Russian culture.
Vodka, the famous Russian drink, is celebrating 500 years since it was first distilled by monks.
Throughout Russia's turbulent history, vodka has been the ultimate remedy for people to forget their troubles.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/europe/10/10/russia.vodka.anniversary   (295 words)

Vodka is made from neutral spirits, (which are distilled spirits produced from any material at or above 190° proof).
Vodka made its way to America when Vladimir Smirnoff sold the American rights to his family's vodka formula to a Rudolph Kunett, an immigrant in the 1930's.
Goldenbarr Chocolate Vodka is an 80 proof vodka that has a delicious chocolate flavor to it." It is hard to keep up with all the new Vodkas, but each one seems to be a surprising specialty in its own.
www.partyhouseliquor.com /Vodka2.htm   (813 words)

 Extratasty - Recipes tagged vodka
Pour 1 1/4oz vodka, 1/4oz rasberry liqueur, and 1/4oz pineapple juice into a tall bar glass.
Combine a 30 of beer with a handle of vodka in a big cooler and add a bag of ice and as much lemonade...
In a highball glass filled with ice, add a shot of vodka and nearly fill the glass with lemon-lime soda.
www.extratasty.com /recipes/tagged/vodka   (430 words)

 Oh My God It Burns!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Fletcher notices little bubbles, which we later decide are probably due to pouring the vodka back into the bottle, through the funnel.
The leftovers from this experiment were used to create a horseradish infused vodka, which was declared “yummy” by most who tasted it.
A decision was made that using pvc pipe,and lining up 3 brita filters cartridges inside through which the vodka would flow serially, you could reach the optimum filtration in the shortest amount of time.
www.ohmygoditburns.com   (2282 words)

 Vodka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Vodka; There is much speculation as to the true origin of Vodka.
In history, potatoes were the carbohydrate of choice for Vodka, this vegetable was what was in abundance… but now, grains and corn are cheaper and potatoes are more difficult to harvest.
Vodka is the fastest growing category of all.
www.mrmartini.com /vodka.htm   (347 words)

 Znaps Limited - fashion Vodka / Wodka from Sweden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The flavoured vodkas are not only 100% naturally flavoured but four of them are stylishly and naturally colour infused, adding a new concept to flavoured vodkas avoiding all additives and preservatives.
Znaps Vodka was established in 1996 soon after Sweden joined the EU and the Government monopoly on alcohol was disbanded.
Znaps Black Jack, a salty liquorice flavoured Vodka, which is extremely popular in Sweden as a shooter, is being promoted to men’s consumer press as a fun shot to drink between beers.
www.znaps.com   (861 words)

 Gin & Vodka Association - The Production of Vodka
Vodka can be made from many different kinds of agricultural materials.
In many cases, the spirit is redistilled once or twice then blended with pure demineralised water, reducing its ABV to about 55% before being filtered through the charcoal.
Filtration is done by either pumping the vodka through several consecutive columns of charcoal or, in the case of cheaper vodkas simply seeping it into tanks containing charcoal.
www.ginvodka.org /history/vodkaproduction.html   (236 words)

 Vermont Spirits - Gold
Vermont Spirits Gold is pure, delicate, unflavored vodka handmade in small batches from the sugar of maple sap.
The alcohol in most vodka comes from grain -- corn, wheat or rye --which is processed and mashed to release sugars that form the substrate for fermentation.
It is the "single- malt" of vodka, a pure expression of the valley where it is made.
www.vermontspirits.com /pr_gold.html   (271 words)

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