ORIGINS, STANDARDS, STYLES, FLAVORS
Composed primarily of water and ethanol with traces of flavorings and impurities, vodka is a distilled alcoholic beverage. Vodka can be made from distilling numerous fermentable ingredients including: corn, potatoes, grapes, beets, sugarcane and cereal grains.
Vodkas prepared in the traditional manner have an alcohol content of 40% by volume. Currently, typical Belarusian, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian vodkas are 40% alcohol by volume (ABV) or 80 proof. A minimum of 37.5% ABV has been established by the European Union for any “European Vodka.” In the United States, products sold as vodka must have an alcohol content of 40% or more.
Vodka is often distilled multiple times and sometimes filtered to remove all impurities, undesired flavors and congeners. The lack of flavor allows it to be mixed with many numbers of other spirits, juices and mixers for great versatility.
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