FOOD 101: For National Vodka Day, The History Of The World’s #1 Spirit

October 4th is National Vodka Day. Vodka was once rarely consumed outside of Europe. Today, it’s the world’s top-selling spirit. Its popularity is owed in part to its versatility, as well as to its numerous appearances in pop culture—from James Bond’s “shaken not stirred” Vodka Martini to Carrie Bradshaw’s Cosmopolitan. Vodka, which has a neutral…
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COCKTAIL RECIPE: Pumpkin Martini

[1] Pumpkin Pie-tini. Photo courtesy SandAndSisal, which uses a different recipe from ours, with whipped cream vodka, pumpkin eggnog and a rim of brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. [2] Pinnacle is one of the brands of pumpkin-flavored vodka on the market. Pumpkin is a seasonal offering.   Today is National Vodka Day, and it’s…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Vodka Day

Crystal Head vodka gets our vote for “best packaging.” Photo courtesy Crystal Head.   In June 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nationwide law banning distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors. While ostensibly seeking to protect minors (irony: it’s teens who are in most need of information about gender preference)—the statute…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Have A Moscow Mule For National Vodka Day

Today is National Vodka Day. Do you know the first vodka cocktail invented in the U.S.? (If you read the headline of this article, you do). Today vodka and vodka cocktails are ubiquitous. In 2011, roughly 62 million 9-liter cases of vodka were sold in the U.S: the most of any spirit category.* MOSCOW MULE…
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