By Nicholas Ermochkine

Synopsis: Vodka is having fun with unparalleled recognition within the West this day. specialized vodka bars are commencing far and wide Continental Europe and the USA. it really is changing into more and more trendy to drink vodka neat. the pinnacle eating places in big apple, Paris and London now not have misgivings approximately serving caliber iced vodka with positive gourmand dishes. top class vodkas are usually stumbled on at the cabinets of retail wine retailers reserved for cognac, euax-de-vie and whiskey. yet mockingly, in Poland and to a lesser measure in Russia, vodka's recognition is waning because the center type detect wines and spirits imported from the West. what's occurring right here? This neat ebook explodes the myths surrounding vodka, unravels its background and describes its creation. the fashion and tradition of vodka consuming are articulated in spellbinding model. this can be actually one for the line.

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Vodka, it is often said by its unconditional supporters in the East, will not give a hangover, or the sensation, as one of Chekhov’s characters put it, of «a cavalry regiment having bivouacked in your mouth». Is this modern myth much cherished by the distilling industry true? This particularly precious quality of vodka was first emphasized in the early marketing campaigns in the West targeting the young and innocent, who were discovering drinking just as much as vodka itself. It is certainly true, because everything is relative, that vodka is far less lethal for hangovers than many (we would even go as far to say most) other spirits.

The word vodka is a diminutive of the word woda or water literally meaning «little water» in almost any Slavic language. Vodka, along with aqua vitae, akvavit, whisky and eau-de-vie, probably originally meant «water of life» or «magic elixir», which the early alchemists revered as a divine potion with miraculous curing powers. Early use of the Polish word vodka can be found in a sixteenth century poem Wodka albo Gorzalka by a minor poet Jurek Potanski and in the library of the university in Krakow there is a reference to vodka in the work of a certain scholar S Falimir, entitled «On herbs and their qualities.

Vodka removes the excess fat and makes the otherwise heavy pancakes much lighter and tastier. Holy Spirit: Vodka Rites and Revels 35 SERVING VODKA 1. Temperature Serving vodka at the right temperature is extremely important, but sadly ignored by many people who drink it inside and outside Eastern Europe. The predominant view, in the West, largely due to the influence of the mass culture, is, to paraphrase 007, that vodka should be drunk «frozen not chilled». This is not altogether what we would recommend.

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