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A Brief History of Vodka May 8, 2019

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A Brief History of Vodka, Brooklyn, New York

Vodka is a versatile liquor that is loved across the world and used in all types of cocktail mixes. It’s widely known for its Russian origins, but most people don’t know much more about where vodka comes from. Check out the timeline below, and the next time you order your favorite vodka mixed drink, you’ll know how it made its way from 14th century Russia to your hands.

The Incredible Story of “White Whiskey”

Origins

The Russian word “voda” means water. Vodka originated in the 14th century throughout Russia and Poland. It was made from a fermented mash of whatever materials were available, such as grains and carrots. The original alcoholic content was around 40% ABV, so it was consumed cold and unmixed. By the late 18th century, potatoes were its main ingredient.

Its American Start

cocktailVodka was brought to America, but it was relatively obscure until the late 1940s. Americans preferred their favorites whiskey and gin to vodka because it lacked flavor. But when one distributor started marketing it as “white whiskey,” sales picked up. Customers realized its lack of flavor meant it was perfect for mixing and didn’t leave a lingering smell on the breath. They mixed it into cocktails, such as the Screwdriver (orange juice and vodka) and the Bloody Mary (tomato juice and vodka). When the Moscow Mule made its appearance in the 1940s, vodka’s popularity exploded, and today it’s one of America’s favorite liquors. It is now made with a higher ABV for mixing into a cocktail.

 

If you’re looking for a new and delicious take on the vodka cocktail, try Kaiso Cocktail. This craft cocktail has become a favorite in stores and restaurants throughout New York City. The delicious blend has a Caribbean inspiration with fresh coconut water, premium vodka, and tequila. The tropical drink is low-calorie with 12% ABV, giving you a guilt-free taste of the islands. Learn more on the Brooklyn-based company’s website or by calling (718) 885-7100.

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