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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  • Meet Me At the Saloon

    … architecture and mood lighting. I wonder if anyone has raised two thumbs and said, “ehhhhhh” as they drunkenly exited the bathroom yet?) Many of the cocktails are the Choose Your Own Adventure highball variety with various juices, bitters and spices and then choice of whiskey, gin, vodka, tequila and/or rum, with cute names like Link Ray, What…

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  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    …, the house is today owned by the parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA. With the Chardonnay blend at the very soul of Ruinart, its fresh aromas, vivacity and purity, are is evident in all cuvée varietals. The delicate grape will only display the full breadth of its aromatic richness after a slow maturation in the coolness…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 1 readers -
  • 7 Stills for 7 Cocktails: Don’t be bitter!

    … released Meyer Lemon Bitters, a zippy little number just waiting for a cocktail to show it’s beauty. Now, that first bitter moment has given rise to the new line of bitters. To fund this project, they have turned to both a new Bitters Club (which, I clearly need to join givne my bitters obsession), and a Kickstarter Campaign for the ages. When…

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  • Review: Leaf Vodka – Alaska and Rocky Mountain Expressions

    … Does water matter? Sure, in marketing material there’s talk of hidden springs, deep ocean water, melted icebergs, rushing rivers, secluded family wells, and just about every other form of exotic water on earth… but how can you discern its impact on your vodka if you don’t have anything to compare it to? Enter Leaf Vodka, which offers two…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: World of Whisk(e)y Bar & Cocktail Cherries

    …, but the term was chosen for this whiskey, to pay homage to those old malt men. Monkey Shoulder has been in the U.S. for about three years. Triple Malt is not an official designation, and refers to the fact that this is a blended Scotch whiskey, made from three different, Speyside single malts, from Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Kininvie. Each single malt…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -
  • Taste the first wines of the vintage at Beaujolais Nouveau

    … not attempt at home. You could just discover a new perfect pairing. Besides several of the most famous Beaujolais Nouveau wine producers, this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau Festival also includes craft cocktails made with vodka and cognac from two well-known distilleries, Hardy Cognac and Balinoff Vodka. Expect to be entertained by master of ceremonies, KGW…

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  • Review: VEEV 2.0 and VitaFrute Cocktails

    … finish. 30 proof. B- / $12 VitaFrute Cocktails Coconut Colada – Includes VEEV, coconut water, and pineapple juice. Pina Colada-lite, this premixed cocktail sacrifices that agave sweetness for the tropical notes of pineapple and watery coconut. Not disagreeable — if you’re in a Hawaii mood, anyway — if you don’t mind it sticking around on the roof…

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  • Mystery, heft, provenance: Tequila

    …-batch production and high standards is worth seeking out. You won’t get a hangover from good tequila, unless you go rogue (that, admittedly, is a problem). For one thing, the alcohol level is generally lower in tequila than in vodka, gin, and so on, and tequila’s made not from grain but from fruit, a whole different category in the glorious…

    Jim Conaway/ Nose- 2 readers -
  • Review: Blue Heron Vodka

    … As we reviewed earlier, Wilderness Trail Distillery produces Harvest Rum — “the Bourbon drinker’s rum” — in the heart of Kentucky. But did you know they also make a vodka? Naturally, “the Bourbon drinker’s vodka,” Blue Heron. Made from a 50-50 corn/wheat mash and bottled unfiltered, this is a vodka with a clearly different focus. It’s far…

    Christopher Null/ 1 readers -
  • The A-List – October 2014

    … his beloved San Francisco Giants, Christopher got way lucky and was able to taste a 50 Year Old Highland Park, and it seems as if someone finally got pumpkin spice vodka correct. All in all, another fine month. (Rob’s note: Hibiki all over the place. The 21 year hasn’t arrived in my neck of the woods yet, but the 17 year was here and gone the same day and I was lucky to procure a bottle. If you find it, buy it. Outstanding stuff.) …

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