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Does the word "vodka" derive from the Russian "voda," meaning water, or the Polish "wodka," derived from "woda," or water? Historians from the two countries will argue incessantly on the origins of the world's favorite liquor, which almost certainly originated somewhere in Eastern Europe during  the 14th or 15th century.
 
In Vodka: A Global History, historian Patricia Herlihy explores how a rather unremarkable liquid -- pure alcohol distilled from grain -- became such a potent spirit, both culturally and economically. Once a humble drink known only to Eastern Europeans, it is now the most popular liquor in both the U.S. and Britain, and probably the world.

Composed primarily of water and ethanol, vodka is traditionally made by the distillation of fermented grains or potatoes. Many modern brands have expanded vodka's range, using fermented fruits, sugar cane, honey, herbs, and even horseradish. While most vodkas are unflavored, hundreds of different flavored vodkas have been introduced in recent years, including red pepper, ginger, vanilla, chocolate,  cinnamon, cake frosting, sweet tea, cucumber, buttered popcorn and even glaze donut.

Standard Russian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Czech vodkas have an alcoholic content of 40% alcohol  by volume (80 proof).

The European Union has established a minimum of 37.5% alcohol for any "European vodka" to be named as such. Products sold as "vodka" in the United States must have a minimum alcohol content of 40%.


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Downunder
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Explorer
Finlandia
Firefly
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Frïs
Glen's
Gold Symphony
Grand Teton
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Han
Hangar One
Hippocampus
Hooghoudt
Hrenovuha (Хреновуха)
Iceberg
Isensua
Jean-Marc XO
Karlsson's
Kauffman
Keglevich
Ketel One
Khortytsa (Хортиця)
Kihnu Mark
Kissui
Kleiner Feigling
Korski  
Koskenkorva
Krupnik
Kryshtal Etalon
Kubanskaya (Кубанская)   
L'Chaim
Legend
Leopold Bros.  
Level
Lokka
Lotus
Luksusowa
Magic Spirits
Minskaya Kristall

Monopolowa
Monte Carlo
Moskovskaya (Московская)
Murree
Narodnaya (Народная) 
Nemiroff (Неміроф)
Nikolai
Ocean
Orloff
Oso Negro
P.i.n.k Vodka
Pinky Vodka  
Pinnacle
Platinka
Polar Ice
Polonaise
Popov
Putinka (Путинка)
Pyatizvyozdnaya (Пятизвёздная)
Rachmaninoff  
Rain
Renat
Reyka
Rodnik (Родник)
Rokk
Ruskova (Рускова)
Russian Standard (Русский стандарт)
SAVVY Vodka
Schramm Organic
Shustov (Шустов)
Siwucha
SKYY
Smirnoff
Snow Queen
Sobieski
Soplica
Soyuz-Viktan
Spendrups
Square One Organic
Starka
Starka (Старка)  
Stolichnaya (Столичная)
Stolnaya (Стольная)
Stumbras
Svedka
Taaka
Three Olives
Tito's
U'Luvka
Ultimat
Ursus
UV
V44
Van Gogh
Vikingfjord
Villa Lobos 
Viru Valge
VKA Vodka
Vladivar
Vodka 14
Vox
White Mischief
Wisent
Wyborowa
Xan
Xellent Swiss
Youri Dolgoruki (Юрий Долгорукий)
Zaranoff 
Zodiac
Łańcut
Żołądkowa Gorzka
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In Good Spirits:
A man walks into a bar and orders six shots of vodka. He lines them up in a row and downs the first glass, then the third glass and finally the fifth glass.

Then he stands up and starts to leave the bar.

“Excuse me,” says the bartender. “But you left three of the glasses of vodka untouched.”

The man replies, “I know… My doctor says it’s okay to have the odd drink.”


Believe It or Not:
10% of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.



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