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Vodka is a usually colorless spirit with an alcohol content of ideally 40 volume percent. It is distinguished by its almost neutral taste and lack of fusel oils, artificial flavors or other fermented from substances (other than the alcohol itself). It is either pure drinking for a snack or in cocktails mixed.
The vodka word can be literally translated as “little water”. In Slavic languages, the word “water” says voda (whose spelling in Russian and Bulgarian вода is, in Polish woda), the ka of value diminutive / affectionate. The term appears for the first time in a manuscript of Sandomierz in 1405.
According to the European regulations, vodka is a water spirit that can be produced from any carbohydrate-containing raw materials such as wheat, barley, rye or potatoes. Poland and several northern European countries require that real vodka only from potatoes, cereals and possibly even molasses should be made. Vodka is produced worldwide today, despite remaining in history as a typical Russian drink.
Interesting Facts about Vodka
- According to World Health Organisation report (2010) average male vodka consumption in Belarus per a year is 27.5lt and for female 9.1lt.
- Wódka Wyborowa is a Polish vodka brand . It is the oldest internationally traded vodka brand in the world.
- The first vodka described in Europe is in Poland in 1405.
- Every year people spend approximately 9 billion euros for approx. 4.7 billion liters of vodka.
- Between 4000 and 5000 vodka brands are on the market.
- Billionaire Vodka is officially the world’s most expensive vodka. It has a price tag of US$3.75 million.
- One shot of vodka (1.5 fl oz) contains about 97 calories.
- In Russia vodka was often used as a medicinal purpose.