Vodka is composed mainly of water and ethanol but sometimes with traces of impurities and flavourings. Traditionally, it is made by distilling liquid from fermented cereal grains. Potatoes have been used in more recent times, and some modern brands use fruits, honey, or maple sap as the base.
Since the 1890s, standard vodkas have been 40% ABV. The European Union has established a minimum alcohol content of 37.5% for vodka. Vodka in the United States must have a minimum alcohol content of 40%.
Vodka is traditionally drunk "neat" (not mixed with water, ice, or other mixers), and it is often served freezer chilled in the vodka belt of Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine. It is also used in cocktails and mixed drinks, such as the vodka martini, Cosmopolitan, vodka tonic, screwdriver, greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow mule, Bloody Mary, and Caesar.
Traditionally and by law, vodka can be made from anything that you can extract sugar from, barley, wheat, potato, even milk!! Some more common, everyday neutral vodkas include Belvedere vodka, Beluga vodka, Crystal Head Vodka by Dan Aykroyd, Absolut Vodka, Smirnoff vodka, Grey Goose vodka, Stolichnaya vodka, while others, more interesting sipping vodka include Black Cow pure milk vodka, Tito Vodka, Moskovskaya Vodka, and my personal favourite St. George Vodka.
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