1. Vodka is essentially water to the Eastern Europeans
Essentially, “vodka” means water in Slavic, and like water, it is colorless ad odorless (we are not talking about flavored vodka here). It is also drunk like water especially in Russia and Poland. Vodka is an essential in all celebrations in the Eastern Europe, particularly at weddings. There will
be free flow vodka throughout, and one cannot refuse a vodka offered by the host. That would be deemed rude. Once offered, you would have to down it like how you would down water on a very hot day. Good quality vodka usually tastes smooth and easy on the throat.
2. You can make vodka from potatoes
Vodka is made by fermenting starch and sugar and then distill them. Hence, you can practically make vodka out of any food source rich in carbohydrates: potatoes, grapes, apples. Today, most vodka is made from grains like rice, corn, or wheat.
The Houston Vodka Company makes their vodka fermenting rice and wheat, and then subject it to repeated distillation to remove any impurities, and to increase the alcohol level. This results in a X- % alcohol content in their vodkas.
3. All vodka contains the same 2 ingredients
Unflavored vodkas only contain two ingredients which are alcohol and water. The fermented starch or sugar is subjected to repeated distilling to remove any impurities and to increase its alcohol content. Water is then added to dilute the alcohol content to make it safe and acceptable for market consumption. The ABV of vodka can go up to as high as 96% which are made from Polish distilleries.
4. Vodka is good for health
Vodka has been proven to be able to take away your stress when drank in moderation. It is more effective than red wine. In addition, it can also dilate your arteries to allow a smoother and unobstructed flow of blood to prevent occurrence of heart-related diseases like cardiac arrest and
stroke. The key here is to drink in moderation. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), that means 3-4 glasses for men and 1-2 glasses for women a day.
It can also be used to ease toothaches, and insect bites, and jellyfish stings. Simply douse the affected area with vodka and let its antiseptic properties take care of the wound for you.
5. Vodka can make you pretty
Vodka can be used in a lot of beauty hacks; it can cure bad breath, makes your skin smooth and tight, and eliminates wrinkles*. You can also use vodka to make hairspray too should you run out of your hairspray just before a party. To do that, simmer a mixture of water and two lemon slices for 20-30 minutes under low heat. When cooled, transfer the citrus water into a spray bottle with the lemon slices. Add a tablespoon of Texas Vodka, shake, and spray! We should all have a bottle of
vodka stored at home!