The origin of modern vodka can be attributed to Poland and Russia; these two countries are in a, what may seem never-ending, dispute as to the creator of this iconic spirit.
Historically, the first record of vodka production comes from 9th century Russia; the name came from the Russian word “voda”, which translates into “water”. Vodka had been used for over 2 centuries as a medical remedy before its popularity, as an alcoholic beverage for consumption, began to rise during the 14th century.
For those who can’t hack the taste of vodka in its purest form, the creation of flavoured vodka is a godsend. Vodka flavouring comes from a post-distillation infusion; the process for flavouring occurs after fermentation and distillation of vodka. Various chemicals that reproduce flavour profiles are added into vodka to help you down your drink when losing drinking games.
Originally, flavoured vodka did not take on the exotic fruit flavours as we currently enjoy, it started out as infusions that people would make at home to help ease off the rather strong taste of vodka. Roots, herbs, spices and flowers were the most popular infusions around and would be left inside a jar of vodka for some time to really let it soak up.
Brands such as Belvedere are at the forefront of flavoured vodka distilling, using similar methods to those that distil and flavour gin, with a big emphasis on infusion. Nowadays, we have a whole host of exciting and exotic flavours from Ciroc Summer Watermelon to Belvedere Bloody Mary and even Effen’s Cucumber.
You can explore our full range of flavoured vodkas onsite here.