Both Russia and Poland claim vodka originated in their country and serve it as their national drink, with the Central/Eastern European area having the highest consumption rates of it in the world. The spirit can be created from anything which contains either sugar or starch. Most commonly grain is used but even potatoes will do the job!
Whilst vodka is the purest of spirits and the simplest to create not all brands are created equal. Contrary to popular belief t is not tasteless (although differences may be subtle) and many people have preferences when it comes to choosing a drink.
If it is being served neat both the glass and the vodka should be served frozen. In Russia small glasses with long stems are traditionally used to allow the drinker to hold the glass without warming its contents.
Popular vodka cocktails include Pornstar Martinis, Espresso Martinis and Cosmopolitans but have you tried the following?
A take on the classic mojito, using vodka instead of rum creates a refreshing drink.
Vodka and Kahlua combine to make this dark, coffee based drink. Some people top up with cola to create a more complex long cocktail.
A Milano is a vodka based Negroni and combines vodka with campari and sweet vermouth in equal measures.
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