Monday, February 15, 2010

Vodka Spotlight! History and Recipes

Almost every beer, wine, and cocktail connoisseur has encountered vodka at least once. In fact vodka is considered one of the most versatile liquors that is produced and consumed in virtually every country.

Both Russia and Poland claim to be the original producers of vodka. The freezing temperatures of Eastern Europe prohibited shipping of wine and beer, the high alcohol of content of vodka prevented its freezing and thus gained popularity in the 11th century. The liquors popularity spread to America after WWII.

With the introduction of James Bond in the 1960s and his shaken vodka martini, Vodka experienced a rapid boom in popularity and was cemented in American cocktail culture.
Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw reinvented vodka's perception by consuming fruity martinis (cosmopolitans, apple martinis, flirtinis, and chocolate martinis). Fancy martini's become a centerpiece of trendy bar menus and even inspired vodka bars, which feature up to 80 vodka brands and innovative vodka-cocktail creations.

Classic Martini
Serves 1


2-1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounces dry vermouth
Green olive or lemon twist for garnish


1.Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
2.Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
3.Add the garnish.
4.For a dry martini, reduce or eliminate the vermouth. (Eliminating the vermouth in a vodka martini essentially creates “vodka on the rocks with a twist.”)

Pomegranate Martini
Serves 1


2 ounces orange-flavored vodka
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier® liqueur
Splash of fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice


1.Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
2.Stir the ingredients together in the glass.
3.Garnish with a dozen arils (or an orange zest twist).

Grapefruit and Vodka Cooler
Serves 6

5 Grapefruits, juiced
1 small lemon, juiced
2/3 cup vodka
1-¼ cups sparkling mineral water,
Plenty of ice cubes


1.Mix grapefruit juice, lemon juice, vodka, & ice cubes in a large serving pitcher.
2.Stir in mineral water and serve in wine glasses.

Minted Vodka Lemonade
Serves 6


cup (packed) mint leaves, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
Crushed ice
Fresh mint sprigs


1.Combine chopped mint and sugar in large bowl. Stir in lemon juice and vodka. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
2.Strain mixture into pitcher. Fill six 6- to 8-ounce glasses with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Whats your favorite vodka recipe? Post below:)

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