Vodka is one of the five essential spirits (along with gin, rum, brandy, and whiskey ) that is usually found in a proper bar. Vodka is a potent colorless spirit, usually made from grain, especially rye and wheat; it is also made from potatoes and beets. It is fermented, distilled several times to a high proof, charcoal filtered, diluted, sometimes flavored and bottled at 37.5-70% alcohol. It is THE drink in Eastern Europe and the Baltic Scandinavian states. Flavored vodkas may include one or more of the following: lemon, lime or orange peel, citrus fruits, bison grass, chili peppers, cherries, rowanberries, black currants, apples, sloes, saffron, tarragon, walnuts, honey, licorice, rose petals, cranberries, milk, pineapples, watermelon and various other regional spices. See Liquor Quik Products
By United States law, vodka must be colorless, odorless, and tasteless, a combination that has made it the great universal mixer of our time and the most popular selling spirit today with 18% of the market. Vodka was unknown in the U.S. 40 years ago and yet it has been around since the 14th century in Russia when at one time there were 4000 brands available. That and the fact that it is less likely to induce a hangover or show up on ones breath than other varities of alcoholic drinks have combined to make it the most popular spirit in the United States. A popular myth about vodka is that it is made from potatoes. Though it was made that way in the past and could still be made that way, it is usually made from grain-wheat, corn, or rye. The grain is crushed and mixed with water to produce the mash, which is then infused with yeast. Once fermentation takes place, it is then put through a continous still to obtain the purest possible grain-nuetral spirit. Water is added to reduce its alcoholic content to 40 or 50% (80 or 100 proof). There is no aging.
a clear spirit that is generally made from grain, but can be distilled from other starches such as potatoes, corn and beets. Vodkas are commonly flavored with essences of citrus or other fruits, or spices such as pepper.
A refined and filtered liquor distilled at 190 proof and bottled for sale at 80 to 110 proof. Originally made in Russia from potatoes. It is usually distilled from corn and wheat in the U.S. The difference between various vodkas depends on the types of grains used and the distilling and filtering processes. Most American vodkas are filtered through activated charcoal. Vodka is colorless, tasteless and odorless. It is not aged.
Vodka is typically a colorless liquid preparation meant for consumption containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol) purified by distillation from a fermented substance such as fruit, vegetables, or grain. The word shares a root with the word for "water" in various Slavic languages (voda, woda, Ð²Ð¾Ð´Ð°).