Mid Week Happy Hour | 5 Interesting Things About Vodka

Happy New Year Peeps!

Okay, so the first thing that I wanted to do for this year, specific to my blog, was to come up with a content calendar. While I will be revealing it soon, be assured that every month we are going to talk about one alcoholic beverage. And on Wednesdays, I will be posting one cocktail recipe of that liquor that you can make at home. Nothing fancy, no extra bitters or extra syrups, simply at home with things you have in the fridge(or sometimes, the pantry!)!

Midweek Happy Hour

Okay, why this series?

  1. I was thinking hard that what keeps me going through the week(apart from, of course, waiting for the weekend) and I knew it has to be alcohol. Having said that, I don’t imply I am an addict. In fact, this year I plan to drink less and I am doing pretty good at it so far.
  2. Why cocktail? Because once you reach a certain age, you want to drink but don’t want that hangover while you know that you have to drink something tasty!
  3. Okay, a lot of my friends and readers asked me to do this.
  4. Cocktail making is fun. Enjoying a tasty drink at home is fun too. Let us try to eliminate some of the fancy stuff and yet get that perfect concoction!
  5. Last but definitely the most important, alcohol is one thing about which I can blabber without getting bored. I hope at least this one series is always on time on the blog!

As the title suggests, we are going to talk about Vodka this month. And hopefully, end up making some good cocktails at home with it!

It’s not just Russia which is the land of Vodka but there is an entire belt called the Vodka Belt.

Zoom in to the map to know a li’l more about the Vodka Belt, which comprises of 11 countries!

Have you ever tried vodka with a heavy red wine? If you haven't, you should. People in Belarus love it and it's called Krambambula!
Do I even have to? But here is a bite for you. In the coldest part of Russia, Oymyakon, vodka is called Russki Chai (Russian Tea) and is used to keep warm!
Just another vodka producer with a lot of myths. Like Lithuanian vodka is the best. Oh, please!
This is the second largest producer of vodka! Pablo Picasso loved Polish vodka. So, if you are looking for some inspiration -ahem!
In the 1700, 90% of the Estonian Manor homes had Vodka Kitchens - they made their own vodka, at home!
Finlandia fan? A sweeter version of Finlandia is called Kossu and is the staple drink here. PS: Finlandia is a Finnish vodka. Not hard to guess, was it?
The heavily spiced vodka-like spirit is the basic drink here and is called Aquavit.
'Absolut'ly yours, Swedish vodka is made from grains exclusively!
The first vodka to travel in space comes from here! No kidding!
Iceland is, well, just a producer of Vodka!
Not just to Russians but vodka is stereotypical of Ukrainians as well! Just saying!

Vodka can be made from anything, literally anything!

It’s not just potatoes or grains. You will find vodka made from fruits such as strawberries and apples. No, I am not talking about the flavour – I am talking about the basic ingredient! Vodka is also made from honey, maple sap and I kid you not, even milk and whey!

Vodka is a great ingredient in your skincare routine.

Trust me, there are a range of toners and face masks that use vodka as an ingredient (of course, diluted!). Vodka has proven to be helpful in killing bacteria, firming the skin and shrinking the pores. It really leaves your skin glowy!

And men, diluted vodka can be used as an aftershave too!

Vodka ages, and not finely!

So, here is the thing – an unopened bottle of vodka is good for years and decade. However, an open bottle of vodka must be consumed within 12 months or as instructed on the bottle. Vodka expires and expired vodka can make you sick!

Vodka comes in many flavours – some unimaginable!

Yes, this Thai vodka is Scorpio flavoured and it comes with an infused scorpion in it.

Now you get it how unimaginable I mean? There are Peanut Butter and Jelly flavour. Then there is smoked salmon. You name it and I am sure there is vodka in that flavour!

For me, vodka helps in releasing stress. I left drinking vodka after I had the worst hangover of my entire life. It was some five years ago. And I know we all have such weird story about vodka! Since then, vodka has been that drink which I prefer when I am extremely sad – like when my life is not going anywhere and I know it! In the past five years, I don’t remember drinking a lot of vodkas or any vodka at all.

I recently had Tito’s which is Austin’s handcrafted vodka. Everyone talks about it, so yes, why not? And it is one of the smoothest liqueur I have ever had!

Okay, see you next Friday!

Interesting Facts About Vodka
  1. I am not really a fan of vodka, I prefer gin, but I have a friend who lives in Poland and every time he visits, he brings me a bottle of vodka. He always chooses the flavored one, as he knows I don’t like plain. Last time he brought me honey and chili flavored vodka. I haven’t yet open it to see how it tastes like 🙂

  2. Well, I’ve never taken any strong drink before for so many reasons.
    Although, there are times I wish I could or wanted too, like the past three months. Maybe I will, I don’t know yet.

  3. I think I only once tried vodka and i didn`t like it. It`s too strong for me , even juice vodka lol These are very nice informations that you gathered!

  4. OMG, I am still reeling from the scorpion vodka! why do we torture ourselves so! Yay to the cocktail recipes, I will be trying out some. I am not a beer person so wine or cocktails only.

  5. Such an interesting article, I’m glad I read it! I tend to avoid vodka as it sneaks up like a thief and knocks me out 😂 But this article makes me want to try it again, something different or better quality perhaps 😉

  6. Vodka has always been my fav drink, I love it! I usually drink Petronas, I don’t know Scorpion Vodka, not sure it is available where i live.

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