It is said Vodka will leave you breathless.
Nothing quite helps kick off a night out like a nice cocktail, does it? And, nothing quite works as a better cocktail base than vodka, does it? Bartenders can tell you that vodka is considered to be a universal cocktail additive because of the fact that it doesn't have a distinct flavor of its own.
It is hard to imagine any traditional Russian feast without vodka. It is customary to celebrate with it more significant life events (birthday, anniversary, or wedding) and less remarkable ones (a new pair of shoes, beginning of holidays, or just a weekend). Happy? Upset? Angry? Sorry? Here it is…
During the summer, most people love entertaining and relaxing with cocktails, but it can be stressful to figure out which drinks to make. Big batch cocktails made with vodka are the perfect way to have a good time with friends or family and feel refreshed without having to man your backyard bar. With these simple recipes, you can quickly make delicious big batches of vodka cocktails for upcoming parties.
"Is that vodka?" Margarita asked weakly.The cat jumped up in his seat with indignation."I beg your pardon, my queen," he rasped, "Would I ever allow myself to offer vodka to a lady? This is pure alcohol!"- Mikhail Bulgakov, "Master i Margarita"
The martini remains one of the most popular drinks of all time – in part because how classy the drink looks to drink out of those martini glasses, and partially because there are so many variations of them. The best martini variations, of course, remain loyal to what a true martini is.
If you ask almost any Eastern European (myself included), you will find out that vodka is considered to be somewhat of a panacea and multi-purpose solution.
With a history potentially dating back to the 8th century, there are probably quite a few interesting things you didn't know about vodka. Vodka and some of its most famous producers like Absolut, Smirnoff, Grey Goose, bring back fond memories, or sometimes lack thereof, for many of us.
Flavored liquors can be phenomenal, and if you don't believe it, you just haven't had the right stuff yet. They can add entire new dimensions to your cocktail game and can even be used in cooking - if you make the right infusion.
The history of alcohol and drinking goes back as far as recorded history, and likely beyond. If there is a substance more intertwined with humanity beyond water and air than booze I can't think of it as I write this. There are simply few things humans do more often, in more ways, more universally and more consistently across cultures, generations and social/economic status than consume alcohol.
Considering how many different cocktails and mixed drinks there are, and the number and variety of new concoctions that are created every year, it's surprising to discover that two of the most popular drinks are still gin & tonic and vodka & tonic. Not far behind are two famous vodka based drinks--the Bloody Mary and the Screwdriver. And climbing back up on the charts is the most famous cocktail of them all, the Martini, made with either gin or vodka.
Although true connoisseurs of vodka can distinguish between different brands by their aroma, weight and texture, most consumers merely enjoy it for its clean taste and smooth, silky character. Vodka is also noted for its refreshing bite, which makes it a good partner to oily and smoked foods, like caviar and smoked salmon.