History of Vodka

Vodka is synonymous with a Slavic word meaning water. The history of Vodka is ancient, dating back to medieval times, when the alchemists held the secrets of distillation. It was probably popularized in Eastern Europe, Poland or Russia, being the best bets. Gradual improvements to the process of distillation developed and in 1771, the Liebig condenser was invented by German chemist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel. This is very close to the condensing process of today.

Vodka is made from neutral spirits, (which are distilled spirits produced from any material at or above 190° proof). Usually it is distilled from grain or potatoes. The end result is ethanol. It is then charcoal filtered, rectified or distilled again to ensure all congeners and taste is removed. In the United States, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' law states that "Vodka is neutral spirits so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials, as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color." The exception to this law is flavored Vodkas.

Vodka made its way to America when Vladimir Smirnoff sold the American rights to his family's vodka formula to a Rudolph Kunett, an immigrant in the 1930's. It had practically no popularity until 1946, when a bartender at the Cock 'n Bull in California mixed Vodka with ginger beer to create the first Moscow Mule.

Vodka is not always clear, nor is it flavorless. Most western Vodkas are generally tasteless and more suited for mixing cocktails. The Eastern European Vodkas have a tradition of adding subtle distinguishing flavors ranging from herbs to peppers. They even have different customs for drinking Vodka. Paul Harrington of the Alchemist does not particularly care for Vodka, and confesses his prejudices. Yes, it is true that in a mixed drink, it is very difficult to taste the difference in Vodkas. However you can tell the difference the following morning. The superior Vodkas are filtered many times and some, Ketel One for example, is only bottled from the middle of the batch. But, if you drink enough of anything, a hangover will result!

Vodka has lately become the best selling liquor comprising over 20% of the American market. The trend to drink better, not more has new Martini lovers in praise of Vodka. The Russian and Polish markets have been affected with the political changes of the 90's. It has been considered a crisis in Russia and Poland is still sorting out the Polmos spirits monopoly.

All in all, Vodka's new found popularity is a blessing for those of us who love it! New Vodkas are pouring into the market. I recently had the pleasure of tasting Charodei, a Russian Vodka which is now available in the States. I see why it is award winning! Also an email arrived just the other day from Luba Caruso. Here is a quote; "I visit your website often and I enjoy the wide ranging information. I would like to inform you this time, however, of a product I have tasted and love. Goldenbarr Chocolate Vodka is an 80 proof vodka that has a delicious chocolate flavor to it." It is hard to keep up with all the new Vodkas, but each one seems to be a surprising specialty in its own.

"Vodka Straight" from The Washingtonian's January 1996 issue by Thomas Head, reports on an independent taste test. There were sixteen Vodkas, and six judges. (Stoli ranked # 1.) I Vodka collects Vodka bottles and has compiled a lot of Vodka references. It is slow loading, but worth the wait. I welcome all of you to post to the boards exclaiming your favorite Vodka.

2 Nite Italian Premium Vodka 750ml $9.95
3 Olives Vodka 750ml $12.95
33 Below Handcrafted Vodka Distilled from Corn California 750ml $29.95
Absolut Vodka 1.75 liter $29.95
Absolut Vodka 200ml $6.95
Absolut Vodka 375ml $11.95
Absolut Vodka 50ml $1.95
Absolut Vodka 750ml $19.95
Absolut Berri Acai Flavored Vodka 750ml $19.95
Absolut Boston Flavored Vodka 1 liter $99.95
Absolut Elyx Single Estate Handcrafted Vodka 750ml $34.95
Absolut Mandrin Flavored Vodka 750ml $19.95
Absolut Oak Vodka 750ml $24.95
Absolut Orient Apple 1 liter $99.95
Absolut Vodka Pears 750ml $19.95
Absolut Vodka Peppar 750ml $19.95
Absolut Ruby Red Flavored Vodka 750ml $19.95
Absolut San Francisco Flavored Vodka 750ml $99.95
Akvinta Croairtian Vodka Certified Organic And Kosher 750ml $29.95
Balinoff Vodka Product Of France 750ml $17.95
Barton Naturals Vodka Gluten Free Kosher Vegan Friendly 1 liter $9.95
Beluga Allure Noble Russian Vodka 750ml $49.95
Beluga Gold Russian Vodka 750ml $99.95
Beluga Noble Russian Vodka 1.75 liter $49.95
Beluga Noble Russian Vodka 750ml $27.95
Beluga Transatlantic Racing Russian Vodka 750ml $29.95
Belvedere Vodka 1.75 liter $39.95
Belvedere Vodka 750ml $19.95
Belvedere Bloody Mary 750ml $25.95
Belvedere Citrus Vodka 750ml $25.95
Belvedere Black Raspberry Flavored Vodka 375ml $9.95
Belvedere Bloody Mary Flavored Vodka 750ml $25.95
Belvedere Citrus Flavored Vodka 750ml $25.95
Belvedere Peach Nectar Vodka 1 liter $29.95
Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka 750ml $25.95
Blevedere Vodka Red Product By John Legend 750ml $25.95
Belvedere Vodka Unfiltered Rare Diamond Rye 750ml $25.95
Blavod Vodka 750ml $29.95
Blue Angel Vodka 750ml $14.95
Blue Ice Potato Vodka Heisenberg Limited Edition 750ml $14.95
Blue Ice Wheat Vodka 750ml $19.95
Blue Ice Wheat Vodka 1.75 liter $39.95
Boomerang Vodka 750ml $19.95
Chopin Potato Vodka 1 liter $29.95
Chopin Potato Vodka 50ml $1.95
Chopin Potato Vodka 750ml $24.95
Chopin Wheat Vodka 375ml $9.95
Ciroc Amaretto Flavored Vodka 750ml $9.99
Ciroc Apple Flavored Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ciroc Coconut Flavored Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ciroc Coconut Flavored Vodka 1.75 liter $49.95
Ciroc Mango Flavored Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ciroc Peach Flavored Vodka 1.75 liter $49.95
Ciroc Peach Flavored Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ciroc Pineapple Flavored Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ciroc Snap Frost Vodka 50ml $2.95
Ciroc Snap Frost Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ciroc Summer Colada Vodka $24.95
Clix Vodka by HDW 750ml $299.95
Conca Vodka Panamericano 750ml $19.95
Confession Vodka Certified Organic 750ml $19.95
Cooranbong Vodka 750ml $14.95
Corbin Sweet Potato Vodka 750ml $29.95
Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka 750ml $24.95
Crystal Head Vodka 1.75 liter $99.95
Crystal Head Vodka 50ml $9.95
Crystal Head Vodka 750ml $39.95
Cupcake Vodka 750ml $9.95
Danziger Gold Vodka 750ml $19.95
Devotion Vodka Distilled From Corn Gluten Free No GMO Kosher No Allergens 6 Times Distilled made in the USA 750ml $12.95
Devotion Blood Orange Vodka Distilled From Corn Gluten Free No GMO Kosher No Allergens 6 Times Distilled made in the USA 750ml $12.95
Devotion Black & Blue Vodka Distilled From Corn Gluten Free No GMO Kosher 6 Times Distilled Made In The USA 750ml $12.95
Devotion Citrus Vodka Distilled From Corn Gluten Free No GMO Kosher 6 Times Distilled Made In The USA 750ml $12.95
Devotion Coconut Vodka Distilled From Corn Gluten Free No GMO Kosher 6 Times Distilled Made In The USA 750ml $12.95
Devotion Wild Cherry Vodka $12.95
Dry Fly Vodka 750ml $24.95
Effen Vodka 1.75 liter $39.95
Effen Blood Orange Vodka 750ml $19.95
Effen Black Cherry Vodka 375ml $9.95
Effen Black Cherry Flavored Vodka 750ml $19.95
Effen Blood Orange Vodka 375ml $9.95
Effen Cucumber Vodka 375ml $9.95
Effen Cucumber Vodka 750ml $19.95
Effen Green Apple Vodka 750ml $19.95
Effen Raspberry Vodka 750ml $19.95
Epic Ultra Premium Vodka in a Box 3.5 Liter $29.95
Everclear Grain Alcohol 151 proof 750ml $18.95
Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka 750ml $4.95
Green Mark Russian Vodka 1.75 liter $19.95
Green Mark Russian Vodka 750ml Must Buy 2 Or More Bottles $9.95
Green Moon Absinthe Vodka 750ml $19.95
Grey Goose Vodka 1.75 liter $49.95
Grey Goose Vodka 200ml $12.95
Grey Goose Vodka 375ml $19.95
Grey Goose Vodka 50ml $4.95
Grey Goose Vodka 750ml $27.95
Grey Goose La Poire Flavored Vodka 750ml $27.95
Grey Goose Le Citron Flavored Vodka 750ml $27.95
Grey Goose Le Melon Flavored Vodka 750ml $27.95
Grey Goose L'Orange Flavored Vodka 50ml $2.95
Grey Goose L'Orange Flavored Vodka 750ml $27.95
Grey Goose VX 750ml $79.95
Gvori Ultra Premium Vodka 1.75 liter $29.95
Hakushika Shochu (Soju) Japan 48 proof 750ml $19.95
Hall Of Fame Vodka Made In The U.S.A. 750ml $29.95
Han Asian Vodka 750ml $17.95
Hangar One Vodka 1.75 liter $39.95
Hangar One Vodka 750ml $24.95
Hangar One Citron Flavored Vodka 750ml $24.95
Hangar One Lime Flavored Vodka 750ml $29.95
Hanson Of Sonoma Grape Based Organic Vodka $22.95
Hanson Of Sonoma Grape Based Cucumber Organic Vodka $22.95
Hendrix Electric Vodka 750ml $499.95
Jean Marc XO French Vodka 750ml $49.95
Jeremiah Weed Vodka/Bourbon 750ml $7.95
Jewell Of Russia Classic Vodka 1 Liter $44.95
Jewel of Russia Ultra Vodka 1 liter $59.95
Jewel Of Russia Ultra Vodka Limited Edition $99.95
KAI Vietnamese Rice Lychee Vodka 750ml $29.95
Kamchatka Vodka 200ml $3.19
Kamchatka Vodka 375ml $5.29
Karlsson's Gold Vodka 750ml $19.95
Ketel One Vodka 1.75 liter $34.95
Ketel One Vodka 200ml $8.95
Ketel One Vodka 750ml $19.95
Kremlin Russian Vodka 1.75 liter $59.95
Kremlin Russian Vodka 200ml $29.95
Legend Of The Kremlin Russian Vodka In a Gift Book 750ml $44.95
Luksusowa Polish Potato Vodka 750ml $9.95
LVOV Potato Vodka Poland 1.75 liter $19.95
Medea Vodka Netherland $24.95
Menage a Trois Vodka California 750ml $19.95
Michael Godard Vodka 750ml $19.95
Modern Chocolate Orange Flavored Vodka 375ml $9.95
Modern Spirit Tea Flavored Vodka 375ml $9.95
Moscovskaya Russian Vodka 1 liter $11.95
Napa Valley Vodka 750ml $24.95
Ocean Organic Vodka 750ml $29.95
Opulent Vodka 750ml $14.95
Pink Vodka 750ml $29.95
Pinnacle French Vodka 1.75 liter $13.95
Pinnacle French Vodka 375ml $4.95
Pinnacle French Vodka 750ml $7.95
Platinum Vodka Seven Times Distilled 1.75 liter $14.95
Platinum Vodka Seven Times Distilled 100ml $1.95
Platinum Vodka Seven Times Distilled 200ml $3.95
Platinum Vodka Seven Times Distilled 375ml $5.95
Polish Land Spirytus Grain Alcohol 192 Proof 750ml $21.95
Popov Vodka 200ml $3.49
Popov Vodka 375ml $5.49
Prairie Certified Organic Vodka 1 liter $24.95
Prairie Certified Organic Cucumber Vodka 1 liter $24.95
Pravda Polish Vodka 50ml $2.95
Pucker Citrus Flavored Vodka 1 liter $9.95
Purity Swedish Vodka 750ml $24.95
Putinka Classic Russian Vodka 750ml $13.95
Putinka Limited Edition Russian Vodka 750ml $29.95
Putinka Soft Russian Vodka 750ml $13.95
Re:Find Handcrafted Vodka Distilled From Grapes Paso Robles California 750ml $29.95
Reyka Vodka Iceland 750ml $19.95
Russian Standard Vodka 1.75 liter $26.95
Russian Standard Vodka 375ml $7.95
Russian Standard Vodka 750ml $9.95
Russian Standard Gold Vodka 375ml $12.95
Russian Standard Gold Vodka 750ml $29.95
Russian Standard Imperia Vodka 750ml $29.95
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka 1.75 liter $29.95
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka 375ml $9.95
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka 50ml $2.95
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka 750ml $19.95
Seagram's Vodka 1.75 liter $13.95
Seagram's Vodka 375ml $5.95
Seagram's Vodka 750ml $7.95
Seagram's Platinum Select Vodka 100 proof 750ml $7.95
Skinny Girl Cucumber Flavored Vodka 750ml $14.95
Skinny Girl Naked Vodka 750ml $14.95
Skyy Vodka 1.75 liter $19.95
Skyy Vodka 375ml $7.95
Skyy Vodka 750ml $10.95
Skyy Citrus Flavored Vodka 750ml $9.95
Smirnoff Vodka 1.75lt $19.95
Smirnoff Vodka 200ml $4.95
Smirnoff Vodka 375ml $8.95
Smirnoff Vodka 50ml $1.85
Smirnoff Vodka 750ml $11.95
Smirnoff Blue 100 proof Vodka 200ml $5.95
Smirnoff Blue 100 Proof Vodka 50ml $1.95
Smirnoff Blue 100 Proof Vodka 750ml $18.95
Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka 750ml $10.95
Snow Leopard Spelt Polish Vodka 750ml $29.95
Sobieski Vodka 1.75L $17.95
Sobieski Vodka 750ml $9.95
Sobieski Toasted Coconut Flavored Vodka 1 liter $9.95
Soyombo Vodka $39.95
Spirytus Polish Land 192 proof 750ml $21.95
Spud Potato Vodka 750ml $12.95
Square One Organic Vodka 750ml $24.95
Square One Organic Botanical Vodka 750 $24.95
Square One Organic Cucumber Vodka 750ml $24.95
St. George All Purpose Vodka 750ml $19.95
St. George California Cirrus Vodka 750ml $19.95
St. George Green Chili Vodka 750ml $19.95
St Petersburg Russian Vodka 750ml


Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka 750ml $17.95
Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka 750ml $17.95
Stolichnaya Vodka 100 proof 750ml $27.95
Stolichnaya Vodka 1.75lt $29.95
Stolichnaya Vodka 50ml $.95
Stolichnaya Vodka 375ml $11.95
Stolichnaya Vodka 750ml $19.95
Stolichnaya Vodka Citros 750ml $14.95
Stolichnaya Vodka Gluten Free 750ml $14.95
Stolichnaya Elit Vodka 50ml $4.95
Stolichnaya Elit Vodka 375ml $24.95
Stolichnaya Elit Vodka 1.75 liter $99.95
Stolichnaya Elit Vodka 750ml $49.95
Stolichnaya Blueberry Flavored Vodka 750ml $17.95
Stolichnaya Gluten Free Vodka 750ml $14.95
Stolichnaya Gold Vodka 750ML $31.95
Stolichnaya Orange Flavored Vodka 750ml $17.95
Stolichnaya Peach Flavored Vodka 750ml $17.95
Stolichnaya Vanilla Flavored Vodka 750ml $17.95
Tito's Vodka 1.75 liter $29.95
Tito's Vodka 200ml $7.95
Tito's Vodka 375ml $12.95
Tito's Vodka 750ml $19.95
Tsarsky Pokrov Lithuanian Vodka 750ml $8.95
Ultimat Vodka 375ml $14.95
Ultimat Vodka 50ml $3.95
Ultimat Vodka 750ml $19.95
Vampire Vodka Distilled in England 750ml $19.95
Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Flavored Vodka 750ml must buy 3 or more bottles $22.49
Van Gogh Banana Flavored Vodka 750ml $14.95
Van Gogh Blue Vodka 750ml $19.95
Van Gogh Rich Dutch Chocolate Flavored Vodka 750ml must buy 3 or more bottles $22.49
Van Gogh Double Espresso Flavored Vodka 750ml must buy 3 or more bottles $22.49
Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Flavored Vodka 750ml $14.95
Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate 750ml must buy 3 or more bottles $22.49
Van Gogh Espresso Flavored Vodka 750ml must buy 3 or more bottles $22.49
Van Gogh Pineapple Flavored Vodka 750 must buy 3 or more bottles Temp Out Of Stock $22.49
Veev Acai Spirit 70 proof 750ml $19.95
Voli Raspberry-Cocoa Flavored Vodka 750ml $9.95
Vox Vodka 750ml $19.95
White Tiger Authentic Siberian Spirit 750ml $24.95
Poland Select Wodka Vodka 750ml $11.95
Wodka Vodka 750ml $11.95
Zing Red Velvet Vodka 750ml $19.95
Zone Banana Flavored Vodka 750ml $7.95
Zone Lemon Flavored Vodka 750ml $7.95
Zone Melon Flavored Vodka 750ml $7.95
Zone Tangerine Flavored Vodka 750ml $7.95
Zyr Russian Vodka 50ml $1.95
Zyr Russian Vodka 750ml $24.95
Zyr Russian Vodka 1.75 liter $49.95
Zubrowka Biala Grass Vodka 750ml $21.95
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka 750ml $29.95