The story of Vodka and how it is prepared

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The origin of Vodka and the process of making it

Vodka is a strong, clear alcoholic drink that is said to have its origin in Russia. As we traced the history of vodka, we came to know that it is defined as a clear distilled alcoholic beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol and sometimes flavorings. If reports are to be believed, the first documentation of vodka for the Russians wasn’t until 1751. The Russian word for vodka means “water.” According to historians, the word vodka was written for the first time in 1405 in Polish court documents. It was during 1940s that vodka’s popularity increased significantly, and is still one of the most popular spirits in the world. While it was first used as a medicine in medieval times, at the global level there is an endless argument between Russia and Poland regarding who produced it first. While this argument seems to be endless, let us shift the focus and tell you about the art of making vodka and how it has evolved over a period of time.
How is vodka made?

In present time, vodka is made using fermented grains like rice, corn, rye, wheat and even fruits and molasses. Apart from the main ingredient, the process requires water, malt meal and yeast. Malt works as an active ingredient that helps convert grain starch into sugar. And yeast enzymes help food cells extract oxygen from the grain to produce alcohol. The process begins with heating grains along with water and malt. The heat results in fermented sugars and then the solid materials are strained from the remaining liquid, which is known as the wash. The wash is put into a vat and then yeast is added to it. The tightly sealed vat is allowed to rest for 2-4 days as the enzymes convert sugars to ethyl alcohol. And the remaining liquid is heated and the final outcome ranges between 30 and 40 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Vodka is then distilled at least three times to remove impurities. Experts believe that more vodka is distilled, the better its quality.

Vodka as a medicine

According to experts, originally vodka was used for medicinal purposes. It used as a disinfectant and an antiseptic, as well as a fever reducer. In present time, vodka is looked as a reason for health issues than treatment. When vodka is consumed in high quantities, it can lead to dehydration, disease, and death. It is suggested that vodka consumption is safe only in very small doses.

The idea of great vodka

Every vodka is distinguished by its texture and it is believed that it should move easily over the palate and provide comfortable warmth in your mouth. Apart from texture, good vodkas should also have a pleasing aroma and reflect the identity of the raw materials used in it. Last comes the packaging, which makes it an appealing treat for your eyes.

05/9The new-age vodka

Today, most commercial brands have started adding flavour to vodka and the flavourless vodka has become flavourful. The range includes fruit flavours or even extracts that are not part of the vodka distillation process. The most recent update is of adding flavored spirits along with whipped cream to vodka. Scroll below to know some interesting vodka cocktails that will surely surprise your taste buds.

Watermelon Bliss

To make this summer cocktail, take a shaker, add 8-10 watermelon chunks, 30 ml vodka, 10 ml lemon juice, 10 ml sugar syrup, 5-7 mint leaves and 4-6 ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a tall glass.

Pomegranate Power

In a shaker add 60 m pomegranate juice, 60 ml vodka, 30 ml lime juice, 30 ml sugar syrup and 3-4 ice cubes. Shake well. Strain and serve chilled. Add some pomegranate seeds and garnish with a lemongrass sprig for aroma.

Vodka Shock

Take a shaker, add 60 ml vodka, 90 lemonade, 3-4 ice cubes, 3-4 slices of cucumber and 2 lemon wedges. Shake it well and serve chilled. Garnish with lemon slice and parsley.

Vodka Martini

Combine 30 ml vodka and 30 ml dry vermouth in a cocktails shaker. Add 5-8 ice cubes and stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with green olives in a toothpick.

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