About How To Drink Vodka
There is apparently, an entire culture and science based on the methods of drinking vodka and how best to appreciate it and savor it’s unique taste. Below, you can find some more information about how you too can enjoy this beverage till it’s very last drop.
Drink it right! Vodka drinking tips!
1 : Know Your Vodka and Drink it Straight
Plain vodka is the best vodka, or so it is believed by vodka enthusiasts. Vodka also varies in taste, depending on what it is fermented from. Grain-based vodkas usually taste smooth, while vegetable-based vodka is both medicinal and much harsher in taste. Furthermore, good examples of grain-fermented vodka will produce a thick texture when frozen for a few hours, whereas an example of poor quality vodka will have a harsh taste, be bitter, and smell like medicine, even after freezing.
Serve vodka as cold as possible and in glass tumblers. The glass keeps it cooler for longer and the size of the tumbler lets you drink less, and reduces the chance of rapid intoxication. Do not gulp it down when served, as this will definitely lead to quicker intoxication and thus defeating the whole point of a vodka tasting session. Sipping vodka, enables you to enjoy it’s taste to the fullest. While doing so, twirl the tumbler around, breath the smell of vodka in and sip, leaving some in your mouth. This ensures that, much like a fine wine, the vodka and it’s aftertaste is being appreciated by all your senses.
2: Add It To A Cocktail
There are various cocktail combinations which include vodka into the mix. Some of the best include the famous Blue Lagoon, Screw Driver, Bloody Mary as well as many others. Each cocktail is relatively easy to prepare as long as you know how it’s done. If you find cocktail-making a challenge, you can always opt to have a professional do it for you.
Vodka is a versatile spirit. It does however, go exceptionally well with other ingredients, both savory and sweet.
The following is a short list containing some of the items vodka is paired with :
- Orange Juice and Orange Bitters
- Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur)
- Cranberry Juice
- Lime Juice and Lime Peels
- Tomato Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Hot Sauce
- Celery Stalks
- Grape-Fruit Juice
The combination of vodka with any of these ingredients will yield different results, most of which will be delightful. It is recommended however to check cocktail-recipes to ensure that you get the most out of your drink, with every serving.
3 : Vodka and Candy
Vodka also mixes remarkably well with candy. It can be enjoyed in the form of a candy cocktail, with various candy types at your disposal.
For example, you can infuse it with Fruit Candy:
You can fill a vodka bottle with these sweets and let them soak in the vodka for a while. Shake the bottle and the vodka should start to take on the color of the desired sweets(You can use Skittles or Rowntrees or Starburst and even gummy-bears). The mixture has to be left overnight for the sweets to effectively dissolve in the vodka. Chill the mixture once everything has dissolved and serve the drink. The vodka will taste quite strongly of the sweets, or combination of sweets which you had chosen to add to it.
4 : Zakuvski During Drinking
It is never advisable to drink on an empty stomach. With that in mind, the Russians invented a tradition of eating food in between long vodka drinking sessions, to soften the effects of all the alcohol being drunk. This new-found custom was called “zakuvski”. It is based on a form of expression which Westerners call an “Entre”.
The Russian “Zakuvski” covers a variety of foods, some of which are :
- Caviar on blinis
- Smoked fish
- Black bread
- Wedding cake
5: Never Leave An Empty Bottle At the Table
The Russians firmly believe that an empty bottle on top of the table is a sign of poverty. If the bottle is empty, it should be placed either on the floor, or next to the leg of the table. The Russians also believe that an empty bottle at the table is an invitation for bad luck to creep in.