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Vodka is a typical Russian drink, known all over the world. Originally, vodka was made with products of local agriculture that were very cheap, such as wheat, corn or potatoes. The process of making vodka was very simple; the yeast from the ingredients was just filtered using a charcoal filter. The resulting liquid was then reduced by adding water and finally it was bottled.

Nowadays there are manufacturers of this alcoholic beverage in several countries around the world, such as the United States and Japan. Perhaps because of its proximity or similar climatology, the production and consumption of vodka in Nordic countries are increasing. Some very prestigious Nordic vodka brands include Absolut and Finlandia.

There are differences between vodka produced in Russia and in the rest of the world. Russian vodka is produced with spring water that is not distilled, and the mixture is almost never purified. Meanwhile, in the rest of the countries in the world where this drink is produced, it is made from distilled water.

Alcoholic strength of Vodka

Vodka made in Russia usually has an alcoholic strength of 40% ABV. Nevertheless, there are some Russian varieties that reach 70% ABV; the strongest has being 96%. This gives the vodka around 315 calories per 100 grams of consumption.

*5 Vodka trivia

Today, vodka is the most widely consumed spirit in the world. In terms of brands, the most consumed are Smirnoff and Absolut.

As for vodka consumption in Russia, the average is 68 bottles per person per year.

The origin of vodka has little or nothing to do with the current use. It was created purely for medical purposes.

Vodka is well-adapted to freezing Russian temperatures: its high alcohol content means it cannot be frozen.

Around the world, there are many cocktails made with vodka as the main ingredient, such as Bloody Mary.

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