VODKA (or wodka); STRONG WATER
Vodka is a clear and colorless distillate, which is usually made from grains, molasses or potatoes. In principle, vodka can be made from various vegetable raw materials, as long as the label states what that raw material is.
ORIGIN OF VODKA
Vodka (or Wodka) is originally from Poland or West Russia, but is now produced all over the world. The name vodka means “water”. It is derived from the Russian word for water, voda. The alcohol percentage of vodka is between 35% and 70%, but most vodkas contain 40% alcohol.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, vodka was mainly drunk in Eastern Europe. Since then, the drink has become one of the most popular distillates in the world. Worldwide, no less than 4.5 billion liters of vodka are consumed every year. Vodka can be drunk pure or on the rocks, but is also an important ingredient in many delicious cocktails and mixes. There are countless different vodka brands. Some famous labels are Smirnoff (originally Russia, now United States), Stolichnaya (Russia), Absolut vodka (Sweden), Eristoff (Georgia) and Wyborowa (Poland). Vodkas are also made in the Netherlands, including Hooghoudt Vodka, Rutte Vodka, Esbjaerg Vodka and Ketel One Vodka.
IS IT WODKA OR VODKA?
In Russian the spelling is with a ‘V’ but they pronounce it with a ‘W’. When vodka went international, the way of speaking was adopted as the way of writing. When we talk about ‘wodka’, we mean ‘vodka’!