It’s no secret that vodka is one of America’s favorite liquors. In fact, vodka sales have been on the rise in recent years, with more and more people discovering the appeal and versatility of this classic liquor and more manufacturers incorporating new flavors into the liquor itself. So what makes vodka so popular? How is it made? And can you really mix it with any flavor? Today, we will take a look at the production of vodka and explore some of the different flavors appearing on the market that have made it so popular among the new generation of cocktail drinkers.
Vodka is a type of alcohol that has been popular for centuries and originated in Eastern Europe more than a thousand years ago. The vodka belt is a geographic region where the alcoholic beverage is said to have originated from. It extends across Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, the Nordic countries and the Baltic States.
Vodka is a liquor typically made from potatoes or fermented grains. However, vodka can be made from almost anything including sugar beets, and even fruits like apples and cherries. This variety in ingredients gives vodka a unique flavor profile whose origins can often be tasted in the liquor itself, depending on the crops of the regions from which it is made.
The process of making vodka begins with fermentation. This is, in many ways, the most crucial step in any alcohol manufacturing process, as fermentation is what creates alcohol in a drink. Without fermentation, you would basically be drinking potato, grain, or fruit water. When you add yeast to the mash (a term for the mushed-up base of ingredients being used), fermentation occurs. Any sugar that is present is consumed by the yeast, resulting in alcohol. After the raw ingredients are fermented, the resulting liquid is distilled to produce vodka. The distillation process removes all of the vapors from the alcohol, leaving behind a potent, high-proof spirit. Vodka is then diluted with water to a lower alcohol by volume (ABV), typically around 80 proof or 40% ABV but can render up to 88% ABV. It is then filtered to ensure no impurities are left behind in the liquid before it is bottled and sold.
One of the things that makes vodka so popular is its versatility. It can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with a variety of different flavors to create delicious cocktails. In recent years, vodka distillers have begun mixing flavors within the vodka itself and have become pretty adventurous with the new types of vodkas on the market. Some of the most popular vodka flavors include cherry, vanilla, raspberry, peach, and blackberry. There are also a number of surprising flavors of vodka available including glazed donut vodka, pumpkin spice vodka, and even bacon, and barbecue flavors.
The popularity of vodka has grown in recent years as more and more retailers and consumers have discovered its unique flavor profile and versatility, and more and more manufacturers have decided to have fun with the process of making it. Whether you’re a fan of straight or flavored vodka, or you prefer to mix it with your favorite juices and sodas, there’s no doubt that vodka is here to stay. So, raise a glass and enjoy America’s favorite liquor. Cheers!