Vodka is distilled from one of the following: corn, wheat, rye or potatoes . It is usually clear,
perhaps tinted (by fruit or herbal additives etc), but always clear, never cloudy. Vodka is very
rarely aged in barrels . Usually it goes from distillery to bottle to store and bar shelves.
The exact history of vodka is unknown, though it most likely originated somewhere in the region
of Poland or Russia between the 14th and 16th centuries. The word is thought to derive from
Russian, meaning roughly “little water” .
Although vodka is traditionally drunk neat in the vodka belt — Eastern Europe and the Nordic
countries — its popularity, elsewhere, derives from its neutral spirit usefulness in cocktails and
mixed drinks, such as the Bloody Mary, the Screwdriver, the White Russian, the vodka tonic,
and the vodka martini.
Stolichnaya, Smirnoff, Grey goose and Absolut are the more well-known brands.