A clear, colorless spirit that can be made from a variety of grains and plants which include beets, molasses, potatoes, and grains. Vodka is made in a similar fashion to whiskey, by fermenting and then distilling the simple sugars from grain or vegetal mash in a pot or column still.
Vodka is generally tasteless and difficult to detect in drinks. It is used to fortify other beverages and is easily blended. There are types of flavored vodkas that originate from Russia and Poland - they include Kubanskaya, Limonnaya, Okhotnichya, Pertsovka and Zubrovka.
Vodka is produced many regions around the world which include, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Russia, Sweden, the United States and Australia. Different regions use different ingredients to make vodka.
Vodka, one of the world's most popular liquors, is composed solely of water and ethanol with possible traces of impurities and flavorings. Vodka is made from any one of these fermented substances: grain, rye, wheat, potatoes, rice, or sugar beet molasses.Vodka’s alcoholic content usually ranges between 35 to 50 percent by volume; the standard Russian, Lithuanian, and Polish vodkas are 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 proof).
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While most vodkas are unflavored, many flavored vodkas have been produced in traditional vodka-drinking areas, often as home-made recipes to improve vodka's taste or for medicinal purposes. Flavorings include red pepper, ginger, fruit flavors, vanilla, chocolate (without sweetener), and cinnamon. In Russia and Ukraine, vodka flavored with honey and pepper (Pertsovka, in Russian, Z pertsem, in Ukrainian) is also very popular.