We have been drinking all kinds of cocktail containing vodka. We love the taste and somehow, this has been the part of our nights and weekends. Vodka first came to surface in this 20th Century and brought surprise for liquor lover. It has been a journey of this liquor from an unknown Russian drink to the most widely used cocktail drink..
The real origin of vodka is not yet known. However, it uses a special type of grain derived from growing region around what we know today as Poland, Western Russia and Ukraine. The word ‘vodka’ itself is derived from the Russian word ‘voda‘, meaning water. Experts discovers that the first record of vodka was found around the 9th Century. However, the first known distillery is around 200 years after that, around the 11th Century, in Khlynovsk, Russia. Now we have vodka producing distillery all around the world, and one of the most famous product is the Texas vodka.
If we see from the chemical perspective, straight vodka is made by ethanol blended with enough spring or pure water to result in 40% alcohol content or 80 US proof. The process starts with fermentation. Corn, rye, wheat, or any other grain, potatoes, sugar cane, molasses, grapes, fruits, or vegetables can be converted to an ethanol concentration of 12% to 18%, they differs each other based on sugar content (just like wine). Live active yeast like those used in bread is added to the product which role is to convert sugars to alcohol. When all of the sugar content has been converted by the yeast to alcohol, the fermentation will stop and the yeast will be killed by the high alcohol content. The fermentation process converts the natural sugars in these products to ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Up until this point, the product could result as a beer, wine, or a cider. The product if distilled will result is a neutral alcohol that what we call as vodka. The term hard liquor is commonly used in North America to differ distilled beverages from un-distilled ones (simply said weaker). The neutral spirit then will go through other processing, flavoring and aging techniques to make other spirits such as bourbon, scotch, gin, rum, brandy, and schnapps. If the product the added with more sugar and flavoring, the it will be called as liqueur.
Most distilleries will go to the process of distilling their vodka multiple times to make pure spirit, as well as the one used in Texas Vodka. Distillation is process where the liquid is heated to 1200F (alcohol boiling point) in a closed tank which is heated externally. The top where the alcohol vapors, then enter a pipe cooled by the outside air or a water cooled chiller to condense the alcohol vapor to a liquid. All vodkas will be filtered as many as ten times to make sure they result in a very clear, tasteless liquid. You should know that all of the Texas vodkas are very clear with no visual impurities.