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Top Vodka Facts For National Vodka Day

October 4, 2018

5 fun facts about vodka:

Origin of the word itself
The name of this colorless drink comes from the Slavic word "voda" which translates in English as "water." The letter K was added over time to become vodka.

Younger than wine
Once it is distilled from water ethanol and fermented potatoes or grains -- resulting in one of the purest forms of alcohol -- it can be consumed. No aging like fine wine as they say.

Low-calorie shots
Plain, 80-proof vodka has 96 calories in a 1.5-ounce serving, compared to 153 calories in a can of beer, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Um, it can be expensive
There are bottles of vodka (really, one bottle of vodka) that range from $6,922 for OVAL Swarovski Crystal Vodka to a whopping $7.25 million for Billionaire Vodka.

A subtle giver of taste
Because vodka's taste can barely be detected, it has the versatility to punch up mixed-drink and cocktail recipes; or it can be infused with natural spices and flavors.

If you decide to mix your own today, here are a couple recipes to experiment with, shared by the Distilled Spirits Council:

Flame of Love
Main alcohol: 1 oz Vodka
Ingredients: 0.5 oz Fino Sherry
Preparation: Stir/Strain
Served: Coupe/Martini
Standard garnish: Flamed Orange Peel

Palma Fizz
Main alcohol: 1.5 oz Vodka
Ingredients: 0.75 Ginger Syrup 0.5 Lime Juice Club Soda
Preparation: Shake Strain over Fresh Ice
Served: Collins
Standard garnish: Rosewater/Lime Wedge