Vodka is a neutral, crystal clear beverage with no discernible flavor or aroma and the base ingredient is usually dependent on the availability of local raw materials. Vodka from the Ukraine usually has a base of potatoes, Netherland Vodka might be wheat, Poland is rye and potatoes, and Russia is grains.
The base ingredients for vodka’s can vary greatly from wheat, corn, rye, potatoes, molasses or event grapes. Water is one of vodka’s most important ingredients and many distillers use their own wells to ensure quality. These different bases, country of origin and water quality allow for all the different vodka profiles available in our stores.
Vodka has become one of the most popular beverages around the world with new trends including flavored vodka’s entering the market to keep up with consumer sophistication.
Even though Vodka is neutral, you can still find different flavors. Try tasting three different vodka’s – look, smell, taste and compare the differences. Vodka is the ideal beverage for blending in cocktails.
Try a “Moscow Mule” cocktail, a popular drink from the 1950’s which includes:
1 oz. Vodka
½ cup Ginger Beer