Vodka (Polish: wódka, Russian: водка) is a distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol, sometimes with traces of impurities and flavorings. Traditionally, vodka is made by the distillation of fermented grains or potatoes, though some modern brands use other substances, such as fruits or sugar.Traditionally, vodka had an alcoholic content of 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).[citation needed] Today, the standard Russian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Czech vodkas are still 40% ABV (80 proof). The European Union has established a minimum of 37.5% ABV for any "European vodka" to be named as such.
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    • Repeal Day! (Eighty Years of “Now What?”)

      The Noble Experiment is over! A version of this article was originally published on December 5th, 2013. My Grandma Nina remembered December 5th, 1933 like it was a loved one’s birthday. By then a young doctor, one of only a handful of women to graduate from her class at New York University Medical School, she remembered thinking, “It’s going to be harder to buy good brandy ...

      Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor- 3 readers -
    • Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part 4: the Land of Misfit Toys

      Click here for part one (vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal) Click here for part two (Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and rum) Click here for part three – whisk(e)y Part of the fun of giving booze as a gift is surprising even the experienced drinker, hitting them with something new, something that surprises them but doesn’t disappoint. So consider mixing it up a bit.

      Keith Allison/ The Alcohol Professor- 8 readers -
    • Bear market for Russian wine imports

      Sanctions and the declining price of oil have slowed Russia’s economy, which is forecast to fall into recession next year. (A real bear market–rimshot.) And, in a nasty triple whammy, the ruble has declined precipitously as well, which is forcing up the price of imports. Consider the case of Apple, which just boosted the price of iPhones for sale in Russia by 25%.

      Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog- 2 readers -
  • 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink-Related Items

    … first sniff of this Bourbon, I was mesmerized. It possessed such an alluring nose, a complex blend of smells, and you would be tempted to simply sit with a glass and enjoy the aromas without even tasting it. However, the taste won't disappoint either, providing a complex melange of flavors, including caramel, vanilla, nuttiness, butterscotch…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -
  • How Sweet is My Wine? What do Sugar Codes Mean for Wine?

    …. Personally, most of the wine I drink is both dry and 13% alcohol or less, as I like to both smell and taste the wine’s aromas without being overwhelmed by the heat of alcohol. And yes, we talk dry and drink sweet. Many people think that an extra dry wine is the mark of sophistication, whereas off-dry or sweet wines are training wheels wines…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
  • Holiday Cocktail Party Décor!

    … Gogh Vodka Bar. With so many flavor options to choose from, you and your guests will have a very Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, or Happy New Year! Here’s how you DIY: 1. Set up 6-10 flavors from Van Gogh Vodka 2. Add to the bar mixers like seltzer, juices, and sodas 3. Remember garnishes like pomegranates, lemons, limes, cherries, cranberries…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City - 1 readers -
  • Paso Robles Grape Escape: Croad Inn

    … and Villicana: the cool thing about the latter is they also have a distillery, RE:FINED, where they make amazing vodka, gin and limoncello out of the saignee local wineries produce when concentrating their Rhone reds. That juice would normally go bye bye, down the drain or into holding ponds. It’s a cool recycling story that you can get behind…

    Wine Oh TV- 8 readers -
  • Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part One

    … Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin ($36) The standard proof Martin Miller’s dry gin makes an incredible Martini; this higher proof version makes an even better Martini. As with most all London Dry gin, juniper dominates the flavor, but there’s also orange and lemon, pine, and spice. And if it makes a damn good Martini, wait until you taste…

    Keith Allison/ The Alcohol Professor- 4 readers -
  • Review: Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water

    … and natural quinine. For those who find standard tonic water too bitter, this expression is just the ticket. The bitter quinine is softer here, mellowed by sweet-and-sour citrus notes that run more distinctly toward grapefruit and lime zest than elderflower specifically. The finish is clean and bittersweet, refreshing as those citrus notes endure. The tonic…

    Christopher Null/ 2 readers -
  • A New Holiday Food & Wine Tradition: Bubbles Bacon & Eggs

    … this as an hors d’oeuvre for a crowd, or you can pass individual bite-sized servings on spoons. Bacon-infused Trout Roe – These are the pink eggs in the photo and they are fantastic–plump and loaded with Omegas, lightly smoky and delicious by the spoonful, or instead of smoked salmon in omelette or on a cream cheese-slathered bagel. (A note about spoons…

    Andrea Wine- 5 readers -
  • Our Writers On What They’ll Be Sipping This Thanksgiving

    … get me started) and it’s been amazing to taste what would be considered “everyday” wines that have some age on them. We’ve discovered that Pride Mountain Viognier is amazing with my mom’s chestnut soup, and pinot noir from Oregon’s Panther Creek is a great match with the main dishes. Also, those zinfandel blends from Ridge really go the distance…

    Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor- 6 readers -
  • Non-Traditional Holiday Sparklers

    … It used to be automatic that for the holidays (and pretty much all celebrations), we all turned to the sparkling wines of Champagne. Then Cava came on the scene, California started making more (and stopped calling it "Champagne"), and Prosecco slaked the celebratory thirst of those with a more Italian bent. Pretty soon it wasn't that much about…

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine- 1 readers -
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