National Vodka Day is another one of the silly national days that Americans like to celebrate. From this week’s Newsweek:
Not all drinks are created equal. And National Vodka Day is a good time to take a closer look at this staple of every corner bar.
Vodka may have some virtues. Clear liquor contains fewer congeners, compounds besides alcohol produced during fermentation and may contribute to the severity of hangovers. Many drinkers look to vodka as a lower calorie option that could be healthier than drinking “antioxidant-rich” red wine.
Vodka can be made from anything with a trivial amount of sugar – potatoes, grapes, any fruit actually, rice, sugar beet, wheat, maize, sugar… anything.
How do you like to drink your vodka? Do you look down on vodkas with added flavors?
Flavored vodka has a bad rap, but many of the newest flavors (bubble gum, whipped cream, etc.) aren’tpersuading consumers otherwise. About 95 percent of the world's flavored vodkas use aroma chemicals, or synthetic flavor additives, or mellowing agents. Most flavored vodkas use a cold compound process, which means the distillery purchases a flavor from a flavor account and adds it to your vodka. Then, presto! Like magic, you have whipped cream vodka. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste magic. It tastes wholly unnatural.
We have other vodka flavors that are sure to please for whatever reason—maybe it’s because it’s your birthday!
Our friendly bartender Tim celebrates his birthday today. Happy Birthday Tim! Read all about him here. Then come party with us at 6PM. Who knows, the festivities may last well into the evening! :-)