In the British comedy “Absolutely Fabulous”, the only vodka worth drinking is “Stoli”. In that spirit, on October 4 we raised our shot glasses in celebration of National Vodka Day.
For the uninitiated, vodka has a certain flair, elevating it above all other spirits. Housed in a beautiful glass, vodka is a status symbol – elegance personified.
This odorless and tasteless drink is closely related to Eastern Europe. Vodka has its roots in the Russian word, “voda”, which means “water”. Although Russia and Poland have a fierce rivalry over who invented vodka, it is rumored that the drink was first produced in Russia in the 9th century. French and Russian soldiers scattered across Europe during the Napoleonic era of the 19th century finally popularized the drink. Today, vodka is the most widely consumed liquor in the world, quite an achievement!
NATIONAL VODKA DAY ACTIVITIES
Infuse your own flavored vodka
Cocktails aren’t just for the bar. You can make a delicious concoction at home in your pajamas! To create a vodka infusion, all you need are a few ingredients (such as vanilla and citrus fruits), a bottle of vodka, a mason jar, and the patience to wait three to seven days.
Host a DIY Bloody Mary party
Invite your friends to a fun cocktail party starring … the Bloody Mary. Assemble a bar with all the ingredients your guests need to unleash their creativity: tomato juice, lemon juice, celery sticks, hot sauce, peppers, olives, horseradish and, of course, lots of vodka.
Visit a vodka distillery
Every state in the US is home to its own vodka distilleries: Kansas produces vodka from wheat, while you can find potato-based vodka in Maine. Enjoy yourself and your friends on a tour of the vodka distillery, followed by a vodka tasting. Don’t forget to bring a designated driver.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL VODKA DAY
Vodka is a blank canvas
Because it is tasteless, colorless, and odorless, vodka allows you to create any drinking experience you want. Do you want something fruity? Add cranberry juice. Do you prefer a tasty experience? Mix in a Bloody Mary. Do you want to live the true Russian experience? Drink it on its own and follow it up with a crunchy pickle. Za zdorovye!
Vodka is much more than a drink
Vodka is most popular for its intoxicating properties, but it is extremely versatile in other ways as well. You can use vodka to treat jellyfish and poison ivy stings, to repel bugs, clean your windows, make your hair shine, keep your flowers fresh, and much, much more. Of course, who wants to waste perfectly good vodka on it when you can just drink it and enjoy the burn?
Vodka also heals wounds!
Due to its high alcohol content, vodka can prevent microbial infections in wounds. In Russian folklore, vodka cures a wide variety of ailments, ranging from headaches to hangovers. Have a toothache? Swish some vodka in your mouth and swallow it, if you dare!