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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Busting the five biggest myths about vodka

IANS   June 10, 2014
First Published: 15:45 IST(10/6/2014) | Last Updated: 16:24 IST(10/6/2014)

From Hollywood’s ­preferred drink to the toast of a common man — the story of a vodka drinker spreads far and wide, but there are many myths attached to it too — from being “made of potato” to being considered as a “tasteless” drink. It’s time to debunk some vodka myths.

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So, the next time you head out in the city to enjoy the free cocktails on a ladies night, amaze your friends by busting some of the biggest myths about this beverage.

Myth 1: It doesn’t matter which vodka you use in your cocktail
Vodka is a rectified spirit with a simple soft taste. Vodka, which contains higher proof of alcohol, will bring out a different taste as compared to vodka with lower proof. To prepare cocktails, it’s best to opt for vodkas that smell and taste neutral as compared to the flavoured ones.

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Myth 2: All vodkas are the same
Vodka by definition is a ­neutral spirit without any distinct character. Not quite true! The taste greatly varies depending on where they are distilled. The difference in taste of vodka also results from the quality and type of the raw material used, the distillation technique and the quality of the bottling. For instance, traditional vodka from Eastern Europe is ­assertive and robust and infused with a great flavor as opposed to vodka produced in America where it has a ­neutral taste.

Myth 3: Vodka is odourless and tasteless
Of course, different vodkas have different tastes and odours. Some are very light while some vodka brands are known for their oily ­character. Vodka gains its character from the grain source used to make the ­initial spirit and from the ­distillation process. One can grade ­different vodkas on the following four ­parameters — ­fragrance, ­flavour, feel and finish of the liquid, simply stated as the Four Fs to describe vodka.

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Myth 4: Vodka is made from only potatoes
Contrary to popular belief, very little vodka is made from potatoes. Vodka can be made from any starch or sugar-rich plant matter or anything ranging from soybeans, grapes, rice, sugar beets and sometimes fruits or sugar. Every country or region prides itself in their special way of making vodka.

Myth 5: Vodka is a women’s drink
Traditionally, vodka was ­considered to be a women’s drink. But today vodka is seen as a cool, hip andto-be-aspired-for drink by both men and women.


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