Some call it “Vitamin V”.  Others refer to it as “Pirate Water” or “Mono-Polka”.  One writer penned his thoughts on the above thusly:  “It seems to punch a hole directly in the subconscious, setting of off gestures and facial expressions.  It menaces and it chastises, it demands sacrifices.  It is both a catalyst of procreation and its scourge.  In short, vodka is the Russian god.”  While “Vegas Water” is odorless, tasteless, and colourless, Victor Erofeyev’s overproof prose about vodka certainly isn’t.  And while vodka is certainly clear, its origin is little fuzzier.  Was it first created in Russia?  Poland?  Eastern Europe most probably. 

Vodka is one of the most popular types of spirits in the world.  Vodka itself may say “the most”.  Last year in Canada, vodka sales totalled 1.5 billion dollars.  Whether you enjoy it in Moscow Mule or Cosmopolitan or enjoy it chilled out of the freezer, try adding some of these neat facts to your vodka.

 Just Like Whisky

Whisky comes from Uisgue Beatha – Gaelic for Water of Life.  Vodka is derived from “voda” – which is Russian for “water”.

.2 Degrees of Separation

Scotch whisky can be distilled to a maximum of 94.8%.  Vodka is distilled at 95% or higher.

Keep The Change.

The world’s most expensive vodka is the aptly named Billionaire Vodka.  One bottle will set you bank account back 3.7 million dollars.  But it does get delivered to you by a begloved, heat-packing courier.

I Don’t Know If I Wood.

In vodka’s infancy, vodka was regularly made with wood alcohol and then sold in buckets.

Can’t Have Gluten?

Don’t put that empty glass away just yet.  There are many vodkas made from corn or potatoes.  The result – a gluten free pour.  Cheers.

Shaken, Not Stirred.

Bond’s Vesper martini is best enjoyed in the former as shaking it releases more antioxidants.

The Pyotr Principle.

He was born a poor-as-dirt Russian serf.  But his fortune literally changed when he started his vodka company in 1864.  Now his vodka sold in 130 countries.  Here’s to Pyotr Arenievich Smirnov.

4, Konnogvardeisky Boulevard.

That’s the address for the Museum of Russian Vodka.  Really – it’s a thing.