By Nicholas Ermochkine
Synopsis: Vodka is having fun with exceptional reputation within the West this day. specialized vodka bars are starting everywhere Continental Europe and the USA. it truly is changing into more and more stylish to drink vodka neat. the pinnacle eating places in manhattan, Paris and London now not have misgivings approximately serving caliber iced vodka with fantastic gourmand dishes. top rate vodkas are frequently chanced on at the cabinets of retail wine shops reserved for cognac, euax-de-vie and whiskey. yet satirically, in Poland and to a lesser measure in Russia, vodka's recognition is waning because the heart classification become aware of wines and spirits imported from the West. what's occurring the following? This neat publication explodes the myths surrounding vodka, unravels its background and describes its creation. the fashion and tradition of vodka consuming are articulated in spellbinding style. this is often actually one for the line.
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Extra resources for 40 Degrees East: an anatomy of vodka
If you really want to be flamboyant, some restaurateurs will freeze the actual vodka carafe inside a champagne-style bucket of water and serve it in a block. It looks impressive and may be effective to keep the vodka chilled, but the process is very cumbersome (especially if using a domestic refrigerator), and the resulting icemade carafe will be next to impossible to handle at the table. An easier and more practical way to impress your guests, and the simplest way to keep your vodka bottle or decanter properly chilled, is to place it into an empty milk carton, fill it with water and put it upright in the freezer until the water freezes.
But we have yet to sight a bottle on a shelf or sample it. 39 Illustration by James King Chapter 3 A THOUSAND YEARS OF VODKA? Vodka: «Russian Spirit distilled from rye» Oxford English Dictionary... «Produced in Poland, the birthplace of vodka, where it has been made for over five centuries»... Back label on a bottle of Polish Wyborowa Wodka E ven though most people outside Eastern Europe will normally take it for granted that vodka originated from Russia, the answer to the question, «where was vodka first made» is far from clear.
But they have their limitations if the intention is also to get one’s guests more animated and in the right frame of mind to have some fun (with due moderation of course). Champagne is a very good «aperitif» for this purpose, but vodka is even better. Two glasses of iced Wyborowa or Stoli with a few «gherkins» can do in as many minutes what it would take a tray of strait-laced champagne to achieve in the equivalent number of hours. One of alcohol’s perceived virtues is, again if consumed moderately, to free one from certain inhibitions and cares.
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