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How to choose Vodka?

How to choose Vodka?

Choosing the right vodka is truly an art. But we can help you with that. Join us for a brief history of the origins of this clear drink!

Vodka is the most famous clear alcoholic drink, made from grain or potatoes.

How to choose Vodka?
The origin of vodka
The origin of vodka

The origins of vodka remain unclear, with several countries arguing about its exact origins. Poland, Finland, Sweden and, of course, Russia all claim to be the home of the drink. The Russians are probably closest to the truth, as the first written references to vodka date back to 14th century Russia. In Tsarist Russia, vodka was not only an important element of social life, but also played an important role in politics. Vodka simply belonged at the parties of the Tsar's court. Interestingly, until the 18th century, vodka was around 20 % alcohol, as opposed to 40 % today.

Vodka production process
Vodka production process

The term "vodka" can at least partly be explained by its origin in Slavic languages, meaning "water". Traditionally, grain and potatoes are used to make vodka, but it is also made from sugar beet or fruit. Different countries have their preferred raw materials - in Finland it is barley, in Sweden rye, and in Poland potatoes. The production process starts with breaking the basic raw material into small pieces which are left to ferment.

The resulting liquid is then distilled several times to obtain pure alcohol. Activated charcoal is often used to purify the vodka, through which it is fermented. After this process, we have pure vodka, but it is too strong, so it is further diluted with water.

Name - Vodka
Name - Vodka

The name wódka first appeared in Poland in 1405, but at that time it did not yet describe an alcoholic beverage. It was a medicinal and cosmetic product. The Poles called vodka gorzałka. It was not until 1982 that the Court of Justice in The Hague recognised the Soviet Union as the first producer of an alcoholic beverage with the name vodka. The Russians are proud of their cultural heritage and have several stories to tell about the origins of their favourite spirit.

Vodka - the most basic element of mixed cocktails
Vodka - the most basic element of mixed cocktails

Vodka is clear, without a distinctive taste and smell, so it is an integral part of mixed drinks. It is very popular with bartenders and goes well with drinks such as Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini or Bloody Mary.

Interesting fact about vodka
Interesting fact about vodka

Vodka is one of the most popular spirits in the world. In 2012, approximately 4,44 billion litres were drunk in total, making it the best-selling spirit. It was similar in 2019 and 2020, when Smirnoff Red vodka was among the top sellers. Traditionally, it is made from grains such as sorghum, corn, rice, rye or wheat, but modern recipes can also include potatoes or grapes. The Vodka Declaration states that vodka can be described as a spirit drink with a minimum alcohol content of 37,5% in European Union countries. Most countries also require a minimum of triple distillation of vodka.

Division of vodka
Division of vodka

Vodka is divided into three basic categories:

  • Pure vodka
  • Flavored vodka
  • Grain vodka
Obilná vodka
Belvedere Vodka 0,7l
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0.7 l
40 %
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Out of stock
38,10 €
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627040411490
3 l
40 %
Last 2 pieces
Last 2 pieces
242,70 €
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0.7 l
40 %
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In stock
31,70 €
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1 l
50 %
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Last 2 pieces
22,80 €
Finlandia Blackcurrant 1l
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1 l
37.5 %
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In stock
16,90 €
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0.7 l
40 %
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In stock
75,50 €
Absolut 1l
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1 l
40 %
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In stock
18,50 €
Ochutená vodka
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Out of stock
77,50 €
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5901811521065
0.7 l
37.5 %
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In stock
21,90 €
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1 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
20,40 €
Finlandia Coconut 1l
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1 l
37.5 %
In stock
In stock
17,00 €
Nemiroff Honey Pepper 0,7l
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0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
11,90 €
Black Kruk Vodka 0,7l
5903983407345
0.7 l
40 %
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In stock
17,90 €
Koskenkorva Blueberry 1l
6412700511009
1 l
37.5 %
In stock
In stock
18,30 €
Pravda Vodka Caramel 0,7l
5901811521003
0.7 l
37.5 %
In stock
In stock
21,90 €
Tambovskaya Osobaya Pink 0,7l
4750021008719
0.7 l
38 %
In stock
In stock
11,00 €